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Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
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Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Paperback)

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. Romantic Outlaws tells the story of the woman behind the novel and her extraordinary mother Mary Wollstonecraft.



***AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4***

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER



'A gripping account of the heartbreaks and triumphs of two of history's most formidable female intellectuals, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Gordon has reunited mother and daughter through biography, beautifully weaving their narratives for the first time.' Amanda Foreman



English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and author Mary Shelley were mother and daughter, yet these two extraordinary women never knew one another. Nevertheless, their passionate and pioneering lives remained closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies eerily similar.



Both women became famous writers and wrote books that changed literary history, had passionate relationships with several men, were single mothers out of wedlock; both lived in exile, fought for their position in society, and interrogated ideas of how we should live.



Romantic Outlaws takes the reader on a vivid journey across revolutionary France and Victorian England to explore in this ground-breaking dual biography of the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the author who wrote Frankenstein - mother and daughter - a pair of visionary women, who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy.

Charlotte Gordon is a prize-winning poet and biographer. She received her undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Since 1986, she has taught creative writing, history, literature, religion, and theatre. Her poetry has won many prizes, including a Robert Penn Warren Award. Her biography of the seventeenth-century poet, Anne Bradstreet, Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet won a Massachusetts Book Award for non-fiction.

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This book tell in a very clear and readable style the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Godwin Shelley, mother and daughter, two of the most remarkable figures of the late XVIII-first XIX century in England. About 200 years before the '60s rock n'roll scene of Beatles and Rolling Stones, a small group of poets and philosophers ignited the literary scene of England and Europe with reckless lives and radical ideas about politics, religion, poetry, gender and sexuality: ST Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin were famous not only for their talent but also for their excesses and their anti-establishment simpathy for liberty, women rights, and the French Revolution. Between Enlightenment and Pre-Romanticicism, this is the story of two real prophetesses of the world-to-be in the XX and XXI century. A must-read. Guido Sala, Milan-Italy

- 17/05/2016
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