Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This Day In History: Mary Wollstonecraft

Many of you may already be familiar with the author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. But what do you know about her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft?

Yesterday marked the birth anniversary (April 27, 1759) of this British author, who was also a pioneer of women's rights. During a time when women were not allowed any legal rights or privileges, Wollstonecraft advocated for women to have the same education as men. She wrote about this subject in her famous book,
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Tragically, she passed away just 11 days after the birth of her now-famous novelist daughter.

For more information about this early feminist, take a look at some NCC Library materials covering Wollstonecraft's life and works.

The Essential Feminist Reader

by Estelle B. Freedman
HQ 1154 .E77 2007 Stacks

Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion

by Jessica Bomarito
PN 471 .F43 2005 Reference (6 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature

by Kathy J. Whitson
PN 471 .W455 2004 Reference

Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives

by Helen M. Buss
E-BOOK (Online)

Mary Wollstonecraft

by Moira Ferguson
PR 5841 .W8 Z67 1984 Stacks

The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft

by Claire Tomalin
PR 5841 .W8 Z84 Stacks

Mary Wollstonecraft: A Biography

by Eleanor Flexner
HQ 1595 .W64 F5 1972B Stacks

Image courtesy of:
“Vindication of the Rights of Woman, A”. Photograph. Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Online. Web. 24 Mar. 2010. < >.

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