A Short Residence in Sweden: AND Memoirs of the Author of 'The Rights of Woman'

A Short Residence in Sweden: AND Memoirs of the Author of 'The Rights of Woman'

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By (author) Mary Wollstonecraft, By (author) William Godwin, Edited by Richard Holmes

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 18mm | 236g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1987
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140432698
  • ISBN 13: 9780140432695
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, map, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 180,339

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In these two closely linked works - a travel book and a biography of its author - we witness a moving encounter between two of the most daring and original minds of the late eighteenth century: "A Short Residence in Sweden" is the record of Wollstonecraft's last journey in search of happiness, into the remote and beautiful backwoods of Scandinavia. The quest for a lost treasure ship, the pain of a wrecked love affair, memories of the French Revolution, and the longing for some Golden Age, all shape this vivid narrative, which Richard Holmes argues is one of the neglected masterpieces of early English Romanticism."Memoirs" is Godwin's own account of Wollstonecraft's life, written with passionate intensity a few weeks after her tragic death. Casting aside literary convention, Godwin creates an intimate portrait of his wife, startling in its candour and psychological truth. Received with outrage by friends and critics alike, and virtually suppressed for a century, it can now be recognized as one of the landmarks in the development of modern biography.

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