A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

eBook - 2012
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In an era of revolutions demanding greater liberties for mankind, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was an ardent feminist who spoke eloquently for countless women of her time. Having witnessed firsthand the devastating results of male improvidence, she assumed an independent role early in life, educating herself and eventually earning a living as a governess, teacher and writer. She was also an esteemed member of the radical intellectual circle that included William Godwin (father of her daughter, novelist Mary Godwin Shelley, and later her husband), Thomas Paine, William Blake, Henry Fuseli and others. First published in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman created a scandal in its day, largely, perhaps, because of the unconventional lifestyle of its creator. Today, it is considered the first great manifesto of women's rights, arguing passionately for the education of women: "Tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in the dark, because the former want only slaves, and the later a plaything." No narrow-minded zealot, Wollstonecraft balanced passionate advocacy with a sympathetic warmth, a characteristic that helped her ideas achieve widespread influence. Anyone interested in the history of the women's rights movement will welcome this inexpensive edition of one of the landmark documents in the struggle for human dignity, freedom and equality.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Dover Publications, [2012]
ISBN: 9780486115542
Branch Call Number: 305.4 Wo
Description: 1 online resource (208 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Dec 03, 2018

An extremely engaging book to read - nearly every sentence trips along and uses an entrancing blend of precision and metaphors. The arguments, where they are discernible, are brief, really only a few sentences long, often contained in two paragraphs. Much of the rest is exposition (bordering on caricature), complaint, and energetic condemnation. No index.
A special mention must be made of the lengthy introduction - a whopping seventy pages! (the work itself is only about 240 pages) Its packed to the hilt with overwrought blathering and pretentious waffling and gives the information about the author, her circumstances, and the intellectual milieu in which the work was composed. But all that could have been done in twenty pages.

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