Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (Paperback)

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The founder of modern feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was the most famous woman of her era. A brilliant, unconventional rebel vilified for her strikingly modern notions of education, family, work, and personal relationships, she nevertheless strongly influenced political philosophy in Europe and a newborn America. Now acclaimed biographer Lyndall Gordon mounts a spirited defense of this courageous woman whose reputation has suffered over the years by painting a full and vibrant portrait of an extraordinary historical figure who was generations ahead of her time.

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“Rich with new interpretations, sources, and detail . . . Captures the drama of Wollstonecraft’s life.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“Judicious, sympathetic, intelligent and utterly riveting . . . Gordon rescues Wollstonecraft from both reactionary disdain and soft-focus feminist sentiment.”
-The Independent

“[A] distinguished biographer...Gordon offers fresh detail and insight...[Her] biography is eminently readable and rewarding.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Imaginative and intelligent, consistently absorbing... [Gordon] speculates and probes with a freewheeling intelligence that responds to Wollstonecraft’s own.”
-New York Review of Books

“Gordon relates Wollstonecraft’s story with the same potent mixture of passion and reason her subject personified...Wonderful, and deeply sobering.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Fierce and wonderful. . . . [Wollstonecraft is] a dazzling character on the brilliant page.”
-John Leonard, Harper's Magazine

“Gordon vindicates this once-vilified ‘hyena in petticoats’ as a melancholy, complex, heroic feminist, stunningly ahead of her time.”
-Bust Magazine

“[Wollstonecraft’s] aspirations to greatness...keep breaking through Ms. Gordon’s wonderfully wrought book like flashes of lightning.”
-New York Sun

“Exceptional, emotionally overwhelming . . . A 360-degree exploration of Wollstonecraft in her era—and beyond.”
-Newsday

“A sobering and inspirational read for women today. Readers who delve into it will meet a brave, visionary woman.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060957742
ISBN-10: 0060957743
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2006
Pages: 562
Language: English