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Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark & Memoirs of the Author

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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 tre
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Paperback, Two volumes in one edition, 320 pages
Published April 30th 1987 by Penguin Classics
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Jan-Maat
I probably bought this book because of its cover, not the only time I've bought a book purely on the strength of Caspar David Friedrich.

A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway & Denmark is written in the form of twenty-five letters, possibly originally composed as a travel journal, in places it seems that they are addressed to Gilbert Imlay, and published in 1796, Mary Wollstonecraft's intention was simply to endeavour to give a just view of the present state of the countries I have passed thro
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Jim
Nov 24, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
In this volume are two separate works: Mary Wollstonecraft's A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark and William Godwin's Memoirs of the Author of ‘The Rights of Woman’. I would rank the first of these two works with five stars, as Mary Wollstonecraft not only has a lively style but also a heart free of cant:
You have sometimes wondered, my dear friend, at the extreme affection of my nature—But such is the temperance of my soul—It is not the vivacity of youth, gthe hey-day of existence.
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Leslie
Jul 09, 2009 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Wollstonecraft is generally little-known or known for her "Vindications," but her letters are absolutely amazing. Traveling abroad to conduct business for her unfaithful husband, Wollstonecraft is dealing with an infant, poor travel conditions, and post-partem depression. Her writing keeps her from suicide, and it is absolutely brilliant!
Rachel Brand
Read "Memoirs of the Author of The Rights of Woman" for EN4363: Romantic Writing and Women.

This short memoir, written by Mary Wollstonecraft's husband, was surprisingly touching. Mary and William weren't together for very long, and perhaps this accounts for William's desire to present Mary as pretty much flawless. Despite this, he openly writes about Mary's love affairs in a mostly unbiased manner. I can see why a lot of people would have objected to his presentation of Mary's life--severely lac
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Jan 14, 2012 Seonaidh Ceannéidigh rated it it was amazing
It's no surprise that Mary Shelley came out with a novel like Frankenstein at the age of 18 when you consider her literary heritage. Her mother was no slouch, and her diaries and letters -intended for the errant father of Mary Shelley's half sister, Gilbert Imlay- are infused with a concern for moral and social principles and concerns (one letter details the execution of a felon and the locals' rummaging of the aftermath), but some of the best tracts are when Wollstonecraft sits down to survey ...more
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Feb 14, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok
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Only reading the first half, Mary Wollstonecraft's A Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Stuart Macalpine
Mar 06, 2012 Stuart Macalpine rated it it was amazing
Really unusual travel writing by the famous feminist and mother of Mary Shelley. Certain passages obviously inform parts of Frankenstein.
Salvatore
The fact that any of this happened is WILD. Absolutely wild.
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Rated for Short Residence, as I had little interest in reading the biography.
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Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth century British writer, philosopher, and feminist. Among the general public and specifically among feminists, Wollstonecraft's life has received much more attention than her writing because of her unconventional, and often tumultuous, personal relationships. After two ill-fated affairs, with Henry Fuseli and Gilbert Imlay, Wollstonecraft married the ...more
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“It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should only be organised dust - ready to fly abroad the moment the spring snaps, or the spark goes out, which kept it together. Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable - and life is more than a dream.” 19 likes
“How frequently has melancholy and even misanthropy taken possession of me, when the world has disgusted me, and friends have proven unkind. I have then considered myself as a particle broken off from the grand mass of mankind.” 14 likes
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