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Mary Wollstonecraft

  

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Mary Wollstonecraft : Vindication of the Rights of Woman

[Shelley encouraged her to read] 'some key Romantic texts (Coleridge, Scott, Southey, Volney's "Les ruines"), radical politics ("The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason") and radical sexual politics (Wollstonecraft's "Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and James Lawrence's anti-marriage utopia, "The Empire of the Nairs").'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Westbrook      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

'Even during their elopement in Switzerland and Germany in 1814, Shelley read to her: "The Siege of Jerusalem" from Tacitus is read by Lake Lucerne, and as they sail to Mainz he "read to us Mary Wollstonecraft's 'Letters from Norway'."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Mary, a fiction

Journals of Mary Shelley "We go out on the rocks & Shelley & I read part of Mary a fiction"

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

'Shelley reads aloud the letters from Norway'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Mary, a fiction

'Shelley finishes Mary a fiction'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'I have read the rights of Woman, am become a convert think dissipation great folly & shall remain the whole year discreetly & quietly in the Country.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Caroline Lamb      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'[L]ittle else travels down to me my Cousins & Virtuous friends not being over addicted to scribbling--do not think I put you in the other class [...] it is only an appellation I give them out of Contrast to myself & other more liberal minded women who like Mary Wollstonecraft stand up for the rights of the Sex & wear our shackles with dignity.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady Caroline Lamb      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : unknown

Mary Berry to Mrs Cholmeley, 2 April 1799: 'In the many hours I have spent alone this week, I have been able, though by very little bits at a time, to go entirely through Hannah More [whose "Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education" she writes of receiving on 21 March 1799], and Mrs. Woolstonecroft [sic] immediately after her.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : The Wrongs of Woman; or Maria

'Read the wrongs of woman.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Posthumous Works of the Author of a Vindication of the rights of woman

'Read Posthumous works.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Mary, A Fiction

'We go out on the rocks & Shelley & I read part of Mary a fiction'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Wrongs of Woman; or, Maria

'We walk out - when we return Shelley talks with Jane and I read Wrongs of woman'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Elements of Morality, for the use of children

'read Elements of Morality and Smellie'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Posthumos Works, Vol IV: Letters and Miscellaneous

'Brought from the library for Miss Haynes the 4 [th] vol. of Mrs Godwin's Posthumous Works. It contains Letters, one on the Management of Infants, Several to Mr Johnson the Book-seller, one on the character of the French Nation, [?]of Fancy, & on Poetry & Hints. Finished it that night!'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Hunter      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden

'Took "Letters from Norway & c" back to the Vestry Library. I did not read them, but Mr E. said they were very entertaining & instructive; brought Mrs Wollstonecraft "View of the French Revolution".'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Evans      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution

'Finished Wollstoncraft's "View of the French Revolution" Vol I. It appears to rather a panegyric upon the actions of the national assembly than a just history. She thinks the Duke of Orleans was the cause of that Riot, when the women went to Versailles.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Hunter      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : An Historical and Moral View of the origin and progress of the French Revolution

'S. reads Bryan Edwards History of the West Indies. M. reads Ethwald and eats oranges - in the evening Shelley reads aloud the View of the French Revolution for a short time'. [text as far as Ethwald in PBS' hand, thereafter MG]

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : An Historical and Moral View of the origin and progress of the French Revolution

'Read view of the French Revolution'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : An Historical and Moral View of the origin and progress of the French Revolution

'Not very well - Shelley very unwell - read de Montfort - and talk with S. in the evening read View of the French Revolution'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written During a Short Residence in Norway, Sweden and Denmark

[Mary Shelley's Reading List for 1814 - since all these titles are mentioned in journal entries, they are not given separate database entries from this source] 'Mary. Those marked x. S. has read also xLetters from Norway x Mary, A Fiction. x Wordsworth's Excursion. x. Madoc. by Southey. 2 vol x Curse of Kehama. x Sorcerer. a novel. x Political Justice. 2 x The Monk - by Lewis - 4 x Thaliba 2 x The Empire of the Nairs 4 x Queen Mab x St Godwin x Wrongs of Women 2 x Caleb Williams 3 x Zadig x Life of Alfieri, by himself 2 x Essay on Sepulchres x Louvet's Memoirs Carnot's Memorial x Lives of the Revolutionists by Adolphus 2 x Edgar Huntley. x Peregrine Proteus. x The Italian. x Prince Alexy Haimatoff. Philip Stanley. by Brown x Miss Bailly's plays x Moores Journal x Agathon x Mungo Park's Travels in Africa. 1st part x Barrow's Embassy to China Milton's letter to Mr Hartlib Emilia Galotti. x Bryan Edwards hist. of the W. Indies x View of the French Revolution by M.W.G. x Candide x Kirke White. 62 volumes'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Mary: a Fiction

[Mary Shelley's Reading List for 1814 - since all these titles are mentioned in journal entries, they are not given separate database entries from this source] 'Mary. Those marked x. S. [Percy Bysshe Shelley] has read also xLetters from Norway x Mary, A Fiction. x Wordsworth's Excursion. x. Madoc. by Southey. 2 vol x Curse of Kehama. x Sorcerer. a novel. x Political Justice. 2 x The Monk - by Lewis - 4 x Thaliba 2 x The Empire of the Nairs 4 x Queen Mab x St Godwin x Wrongs of Women 2 x Caleb Williams 3 x Zadig x Life of Alfieri, by himself 2 x Essay on Sepulchres x Louvet's Memoirs Carnot's Memorial x Lives of the Revolutionists by Adolphus 2 x Edgar Huntley. x Peregrine Proteus. x The Italian. x Prince Alexy Haimatoff. Philip Stanley. by Brown x Miss Bailly's plays x Moores Journal x Agathon x Mungo Park's Travels in Africa. 1st part x Barrow's Embassy to China Milton's letter to Mr Hartlib Emilia Galotti. x Bryan Edwards hist. of the W. Indies x View of the French Revolution by M.W.G. x Candide x Kirke White. 62 volumes'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'read rights of women'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'Read Rights of woman - Opuscula of Cicero'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'Finish the Rights of Woman - begin Chesterfields Letters to his son'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Godwin      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

From Claire Clairmont's account of voyage back from Switzerland to England with P. B. Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin: 'Tuesday August 30th. [...] About four o'clock we [la]nded at Brissac a town in Baden -- [The] Watermen said they could not proceed with so strong a wind against us [...] but in about an hour they came with the news that the wind was changed & we hastened on Board -- Shelley reads aloud the Letters from Norway -- This is one of my very favorite Books -- The language is so [...] very flowing & Eloquent & it is altogether a beautiful Poem'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

From Claire Clairmont's account of voyage back from Switzerland to England with P. B. Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin: 'Wednesday August 31st. [...] Shelley reads aloud Letters from Norway -- Read King Lear a second time -- Reach Strasburg about eleven [pm]'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

From Claire Clairmont's account of voyage back from Switzerland to England with P. B. Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin during 1814: 'Thursday September 1st. Rise at 3 -- Proceed to a little town and change boats again [...] Shelley finishes the Letter[s] from Norway aloud'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Percy Bysshe Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : letters

''Thursday Oct. 6th. [...] Read a little of Political Justice [...] Dine at six [...] After dinner [Shelley] reads part of St Godwin aloud -- terrible nonsense [...] Read some of Mary Wollstonecraft's letters in the Evening.'

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Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Claire Clairmont      

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'Monday May 29th. [...] Read Rights of Woman.' [records of readings from this text also appear in entries for 31 May, and 1, 2, 3 June 1820, with 'Finish [...] Rights of Woman' recorded on 4 June].

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Claire Clairmont      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

'Thursday [...] June 1st. [...] Read Letters from Norway. [...] 'Friday June 2nd. [...] Read Rights of Woman & Letters from Norway. [...] 'Sunday June 4th. [...] Finish Letters from Norway & Rights of Woman.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Claire Clairmont      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'Read Vind. of the Right of Woman'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'Read and finnish [sic] Vind. of the Rights of Woman - finish Sand. & Merton'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Posthumous Works of the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

'Finish 38th Book of Livy. read Post. Letters.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

'read Letters from Norway'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

'Finish Letters from No[r]way'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Mary: a fiction

'Read Livy - Mary - a fiction'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

'Read Letters from Norway'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman

'Read Wrongs of Woman'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 22 July 1842: 'I read Mary Wolstonecraft [sic] when I was thirteen: no, twelve! .. and, through the whole course of my childhood, I had a steady indignation against Nature who made me a woman, & a determinate resolution to dress up in men's clothes as soon as ever I was free of the nursery'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 24 December 1844: 'I used to read Mary Wolstonecraft [sic], (the "Rights of woman",) .. when I was twelve years old [...] Her eloquence & her doctrine were equally dear to me at that time, when I was inconsoleable [sic] for not being born a man.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : 

Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning, 15 January 1846: 'Papa used to say .. "Dont read Gibbon's history -- it's not a proper book -- Dont read "Tom Jones" -- & none of the books on [italics]this[end italics] side, mind -- So I was very obedient & never touched the books on [italics]that[end italics] side, & only read instead, Tom Paine's Age of Reason, & Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary, & Hume's Essays, & Werther, & Rousseau, & Mary Woolstonecraft [sic] .. books, which I was never suspected of looking towards, & which were not "on [italics]that[end italics] side" certainly, but which did as well.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett Barrett      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Original Stories from Real Life

Robert Southey to Charles Collins, 10-11 December 1791: 'As I have nothing else to say take a story I read yesterday as a true one which strikes me as an instance of more refined barbarity than any in the annals of cruelty a prisoner in the dreary cells of the Bastile had familiarized a spider the only tenant except himself of the miserable spot. to a man secluded thus from the light of day & every living creature this reptile was a kind of mournful companion. the Keeper at length took notice of it & told the Governor the Governor commanded him to tread upon it.'

Century:      Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Southey      Print: Book

  

Mary Wollstonecraft : Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 28 April, 1797: 'Have you ever met with Mary Wollstonecrafts letters from Sweden & Norway? she has made me in love with a cold climate & frost & snow, with a Northern moonlight.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Southey      Print: Book

  

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