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In 1798, English essayist and novelist William Godwin ignited a transatlantic scandal with Memoirs of the Author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman." Most controversial were the details of the romantic liaisons of Godwin's wife, Mary Wollstonecraft, with both American Gilbert Imlay and Godwin himself.Wollstonecraft's life and writings became central to a continuing discussion about love's place in human society. Literary radicals argued that the cultivation of intense friendship could lead to the renovation of social and political institutions, whereas others maintained that these freethinkers were indulging their own desires with a disregard for stability and higher authority. Through correspondence and novels, Andrew Cayton finds an ideal lens to view authors, characters, and readers all debating love's power to alter men and women in the world around them.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Prologue: A Revolution in Favor of Love
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1: “Quite Alone in a Crowd,”
  2. pp. 12-53
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  1. 2: A “Very Sensible” American
  2. pp. 54-90
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  1. 3: “I Wish to Be Necessary to You,”
  2. pp. 91-114
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  1. 4: “We Are . . . Differently Organized,”
  2. pp. 115-143
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  1. 5: An “Exchange of Sympathy,”
  2. pp. 144-181
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  1. 6: Modern Philosophers
  2. pp. 182-210
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  1. 7: American Commerce
  2. pp. 211-238
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  1. 8: The New Man of Feeling
  2. pp. 239-269
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  1. 9: Love’s “Very Essence Is Liberty,”
  2. pp. 270-299
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  1. 10: “The True Key of the Universe Is Love,”
  2. pp. 300-328
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  1. Epilogue: “The Subject Was of Love,”
  2. pp. 329-334
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 335-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-351
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469608266
Related ISBN
9781469607504
MARC Record
OCLC
879306140
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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