Green Hills Branch Library is closed Nov 19-24 for parking lot maintenance. Get details.

All library locations are closed Thursday, Nov 22 and Friday, Nov 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tell us what you think! Take our Facilities Satisfaction Survey.

Romantic outlaws: the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(1)
4 star
 
(0)
3 star
 
(1)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(0)
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book--until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Romantic visionary who gave the world Frankenstein --two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy.   In 1797, less than two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a remarkable life spent pushing against the boundaries of society's expectations for women came to an end. But another was just beginning. Wollstonecraft's daughter Mary was to follow a similarly audacious path. Both women had passionate relationships with several men, bore children out of wedlock, and chose to live in exile outside their native country. Each in her own time fought against the injustices women faced and wrote books that changed literary history.   The private lives of both Marys were nothing less than the stuff of great Romantic drama, providing fabulous material for Charlotte Gordon, an accomplished historian and a gifted storyteller. Taking readers on a vivid journey across revolutionary France and Victorian England, she seamlessly interweaves the lives of her two protagonists in alternating chapters, creating a book that reads like a richly textured historical novel. Gordon also paints unforgettable portraits of the men in their lives, including the mercurial genius Percy Shelley, the unbridled libertine Lord Byron, and the brilliant radical William Godwin.   "Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke almost every rule there was to break," Gordon writes of Wollstonecraft and Shelley. A truly revelatory biography, Romantic Outlaws reveals the defiant, creative lives of this daring mother-daughter pair who refused to be confined by the rigid conventions of their era. Praise for Romantic Outlaws   "[An] impassioned dual biography . . . Gordon, alternating between the two chapter by chapter, binds their lives into a fascinating whole. She shows, in vivid detail, how mother influenced daughter, and how the daughter's struggles mirrored the mother's." -- The Boston Globe   "Written with the galloping pace of a skilled novel peopled with fascinating characters . . . these women live on in its pages. . . . Thorough and irresistible." --The Seattle Times   "Gordon unfolds the two stories in tandem, deftly balancing the gossipy aspects of her subjects' lives with their serious intellectual concerns." -- The New Yorker   "[A] thoughtful, intelligent and deeply felt book . . . Gordon has written a book about two women, a mother and her daughter, who changed not only the way we think, but the way we are." -- The Sunday Times (London)   "A most welcome deeper take on the women who scandalized Victorian England--and whose stories continue to resonate today." -- Vogue   "By linking these two lives, Ms. Gordon's biography stretches over a fascinating era in history, characterized by great flux in political and cultural thinking and involving some of the main figures in English literary and philosophical history." --The Wall Street Journal
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781400068425
9780812996517
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 9ab87476-1be6-d166-aaa2-1fc4d9bc1aec
Grouping Title romantic outlaws the extraordinary lives of mary wollstonecraft and her daughter mary shelley
Grouping Author gordon charlotte
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-11-18 02:27:40AM
Last Indexed 2018-11-18 03:29:41AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Gordon, Charlotte.
author_display Gordon, Charlotte
available_at_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids
collection_catalog Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction, Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction, Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction, Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
display_description "Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) and her daughter Mary Shelley (1797-1851) have each been the subject of numerous biographies by top tier writers, yet no author has ever examined their lives in tandem. Perhaps this is because these two amazing women never knew each other--Wollstonecraft died of infection at the age of 38, a week after giving birth to her daughter. Nevertheless their lives were closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies so eerily similar, it seems impossible to consider one without the other: both became famous writers; both fell in love with brilliant but impossible authors; both were single mothers and had children out of wedlock (a shocking and self-destructive act in their day); both broke out of the rigid conventions of their era and lived in exile; and both played important roles in the Romantic era during which they lived. The lives of both Marys were nothing less than extraordinary, providing fabulous material for Charlotte Gordon, a gifted story teller. She seamlessly weaves their lives together in back and forth narratives, taking readers on a vivid journey across Revolutionary France and Victorian England, from the Italian seaports to the highlands of Scotland, in a book that reads like a richly textured historical novel"--
format_catalog Book, eBook
format_category_catalog Books, eBook
id 9ab87476-1be6-d166-aaa2-1fc4d9bc1aec
isbn 9780812996517, 9781400068425
item_details ils:CARL0000459774|35192047499987|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|828.609 G6625r|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000459774|35192047499995|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|828.609 G6625r|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000459774|35192047500008|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|828.609 G6625r|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000459774|35192047500016|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|828.609 G6625r|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||MN||, overdrive:e8358c74-83aa-4073-8d0f-5cfa37533c91|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book
last_indexed 2018-11-18T09:29:41.17Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 828.609 G6625r
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Main Kids, Main Library
primary_isbn 9781400068425
publishDate 2015
record_details ils:CARL0000459774|Book|Books|First U.S. edition.|English|Random House,|[2015]|xviii, 649 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm., overdrive:e8358c74-83aa-4073-8d0f-5cfa37533c91|eBook|eBook||English|Random House Publishing Group|2015|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000459774 35192047500016 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false true
ils:CARL0000459774 35192047499987 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000459774 35192047499995 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000459774 35192047500008 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
overdrive:e8358c74-83aa-4073-8d0f-5cfa37533c91 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
subject_facet Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, -- 1797-1851, Wollstonecraft, Mary, -- 1759-1797
title_display Romantic outlaws : the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley
title_full Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley, Romantic outlaws : the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley / Charlotte Gordon
title_short Romantic outlaws :
title_sub the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, History, Nonfiction, Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Wollstonecraft, Mary