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Godwin and Mary Letters of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft by Ralph M. Wardle
  

Godwin and Mary Letters of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft

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Godwin and Mary Letters of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft by Ralph M. Wardle

The letters of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin mirror the relationship of a remarkable literary couple. The correspondence collected here covers the period from July 13, 1796, to August 30, 1797, when their friendship turned to romance, their romance to passion, their passion to consummation, their affair to a highly unconventional marriage during which they lived far enough apart to permit the continuing exchange of letters. Wardle, a superb editor, provides just enough annotation to allow the relationship to unfold by itself through the correspondence of these two doctrinaire rationalists, who both came late to love...[Godwin & Mary] is the easiest, certainly the most delightful introduction to the life and prose of Mary Wollstonecraft. --Ellen Moers, New York Review of Books :Taken together, these letters help us to trace out the personal and domestic relations of Mary and Godwin at first hand, and they also throw a good deal of light on the contrasting characters of the pair. Professor Wardle's annotations are most helpful; always brief and concise, but never superfluous. --English Studies Ralph M. Wardle is the author of Oliver Goldsmith (1957), Mary Wollstonecraft: A Critical Biography (1951) and Halzlitt (1971).

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The letters of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin mirror the relationship of a remarkable literary couple. The correspondence collected here covers the period from July 13, 1796, to August 30, 1797, when their friendship turned to romance, their romance to passion, their passion to consummation, their affair to a highly unconventional marriage during which they lived far enough apart to permit the continuing exchange of letters. Wardle, a superb editor, provides just enough annotation to allow the relationship to unfold by itself through the correspondence of these two doctrinaire rationalists, who both came late to love. . . . [ Godwin & Mary ] is the easiest, certainly the most delightful introduction to the life and prose of Mary Wollstonecraft. --Ellen Moers, New York Review of Books

Taken together, these letters help us to trace out the personal and domestic relations of Mary and Godwin at first hand, and they also throw a good deal of light on the contrasting characters of the pair. Professor Wardle's annotations are most helpful; always brief and concise, but never superfluous. -- English Studies


About the Author

Ralph M. Wardle is the author of Oliver Goldsmith (1957), Mary Wollstonecraft: A Critical Biography (1951) and Halzlitt (1971).

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 1977

Author

Ralph M. Wardle

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Publisher

University of Nebraska Press

Format

Paperback
125 pages

Categories

Literature: history & criticism

ISBN

9780803258525

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