Vindication by Frances Sherwood

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Leaving her uncomprehending family behind, a gifted young woman becomes a governess and writer and, later, travels to London, where she is taken under the wing of artist Henry Fuseli, poet William Blake, and writer William Godwin. A first novel.

About Frances Sherwood

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Frances Sherwood lives in South Bend, Indiana.
Published May 1, 1993 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 412 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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 A first novel from Sherwood (the collection Everything You've Heard is True, 1989) that mines with varying success a current favorite literary lode—the Shelley/Godwin mÇnage.

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This virtuosic novel about the life of Mary Wollstonecraft is compelling both in its evocation of 18th-century culture and its relevance to modern feminism. (Mar.)

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Entertainment Weekly

In this historical novel, Frances Sherwood dramatically re-creates the teeming streets of 18th- century London and the venerable salon in which Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, was both an outspoken participant and the only female.

Aug 06 1993 | Read Full Review of Vindication

The Independent

This is symptomatic of the scant attention paid to women throughout the novel, in spite of Mary's documented friendships with leading women of her day such as the novelist and biographer Mary Hays and the actresses Sarah Siddons and Mary Robinson.

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