the extraordinary lives of
and her daughter
(FROM NIGHTOWL REVIEWS)
- Number: 9781400068425
- Release: April 28, 2015
- Author: Charlotte Gordon
- Availability: Print-Book
- Genre: Mainstream
- Tags: HIST: Historical Fiction
- Publisher: Random House
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.
The author, Charlotte Gordon has written an exciting double biography of two very strong, stand on their own women, mother Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley. Ms. Gordon's writing is amazing. She writes alternating chapters of the two women's lives without being confusing to the reader. Some books you have to go back and re-read. This one you don't.
Both women were real rebels. Their families came from out of society's mainstream.. Both gave birth to out of wedlock children. They weren't condemned for it. They were on the very edge of society, financially and socially. They both wroth fiction and non fiction.Ms. Wollstonecraft, was raised by a violent father and a sickly mother. She left home early to get away and make her own life. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote in 1792 her famous work, "A Vindication of the Rights of Women". This gave her beliefs a literary credibility. She published other free thinking works but her life was cut short by her death after thee birth of her second child, Mary Goodman.Mary Wollstonecraft's husband and Mary Godwin who was another social critic and political philosopher. The second Mary gained notice through her writing and her relationship with the poet, Percy Shelley. The author of "Frankenstein" and other works, Mary Shelley lived a longer life than her mother. Both Mary's were brought to life in Ms. Gordon's biography. But Ms. Gordon writes of two women that she fully integrates the society of times as well and figures in the women's lives. This book is well written and quite long.
I was given a complimentary copy of ROMANTIC OUTLAWS from the author, Charlotte Gordon and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book. (copyright NightOwl Reviews)
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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