ISBN 9780140432695,A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark & Memoirs of the Author of the Rights of Woman

A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark & Memoirs of the Author of the Rights of Woman

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ISBN 9780140432695
Publisher

Penguin UK

Publication Year 1987
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140432695

ISBN-10 0140432698
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Autobiography: general

In these two closely linked works - a travel book and a biography of its author - we witness a moving encounter between two of the most daring and original minds of the late eighteenth century: A Short Residence in Sweden is the record of Wollstonecraft's last journey in search of happiness, into the remote and beautiful backwoods of Scandinavia. The quest for a lost treasure ship, the pain of a wrecked love affair, memories of the French Revolution, and the longing for some Golden Age, all shape this vivid narrative, which Richard Holmes argues is one of the neglected masterpieces of early English Romanticism. Memoirs is Godwin's own account of Wollstonecraft's life, written with passionate intensity a few weeks after her tragic death. Casting aside literary convention, Godwin creates an intimate portrait of his wife, startling in its candor and psychological truth. Received with outrage by friends and critics alike, and virtually suppressed for a century, it can now be recognized as one of the landmarks in the development of modern biography.

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