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The author of the book: Mary Wollstonecraft
Date of issue: May 19th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781151442376
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1796 Excerpt: ...ful, which experience rather increases than (damps; by giying the indulgence of feeling the san&?n P FJrpn.. /LETTER XI.: " '.." '-Jj. I ' '""- I'"L-"T Portoer, the little haven I mentioned,1 soon after I finished my last letter. The fe? was rough; and I perceived that our pilot was right not to venture farther during a hazy night. We had agreed to pay sous dollars for a boat from Helgeraac. 1 men tion the sum, because the would demartcf rwice as much from a Granger; I wa$ obliged to pay fifteen for the otte i hired a? Stromstad. When we were ready td set OuT, ! our boatman offered to return a dollar, ahi3 let us go in one of the boats ofthe place, the pilot who lived there being better acquainted with the coast. He only demanded a dollar and half, which wa6 reasonable, I found him a civil and rather intelligent man: he was in the american service several years during the revolution, I soon perceived that an experienced mariner was necessary to guide us; for we were continually obliged to tack about, to' avoid the rocks, which, scarcely reaching to the surface of the water, could only be discoK 2 vered vered by the breaking of the waves over them. The view of this wild coast, as we failed along it, afforded me a continual subject for meditation. I anticipated the future improvement of the world, and observed how much man had still to do, to obtain of the' earth all it could yield. I even carried my speculations so far as to advance a million or two of years to the moment when the earth would perhaps be so perfectly cultivated, and so completely peopled, as to render it necessary to inhabit every foot; yes; these bleak shores. Imagination went still; farther, and pictured the.state of man when the earth could ...
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Read information about the authorMary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth century British writer, philosopher, and feminist. Among the general public and specifically among feminists, Wollstonecraft's life has received much more attention than her writing because of her unconventional, and often tumultuous, personal relationships. After two ill-fated affairs, with Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay, Wollstonecraft married the philosopher William Godwin, one of the forefathers of the anarchist movement; they had one daughter, Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Wollstonecraft died at the age of thirty-eight due to complications from childbirth, leaving behind several unfinished manuscripts.
During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.
After Wollstonecraft's death, Godwin published a Memoir (1798) of her life, revealing her unorthodox lifestyle, which inadvertently destroyed her reputation for a century. However, with the emergence of the feminist movement at the turn of the twentieth century, Wollstonecraft's advocacy of women's equality and critiques of conventional femininity became increasingly important. Today Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, and feminists often cite both her life and work as important influences.
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