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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman | Norton Critical Editions, third edition
Wollstonecraft, Mary | Deidre Shauna Lynch, Editor
Norton Text / Softcover / 2009-02-01 / 0393929744
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Arguably the most original book of the eighteenth century, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is a pioneering feminist work.

Written during a time of great political turmoil, social anxiety, and against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Wollstonecraft’s argument continues to challenge and inspire. This revised and expanded Third Edition is again based on the 1792 second-edition text and is accompanied by revised and expanded explanatory annotations.

“Backgrounds and Contexts” is also significantly expanded and contains twenty-four works organized thematically into these groupings: “Legacies of English Radicalism,” “Education,” “Wollstonecraft’s Revolutionary Moment,” and “The Wollstonecraft Debate.” Opinions on a variety of reforms that may be compared and contrasted with Wollstonecraft’s include those by John Milton, John Locke, Mary Astell, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hannah More, Richard Price, Edmund Burke, Maria Edgeworth, and William Godwin, among others.

“Criticism” includes six seminal essays on A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Elissa S. Guralnick, Mitzi Myers, Cora Kaplan, Mary Poovey, Claudia L. Johnson, and Barbara Taylor.

A Chronology of Wollstonecraft’s life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.


The Text of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects

Backgrounds and Contexts


John Milton, From Paradise Lost
John Locke, From Second Treatise of Civil Government
Mary Astell, From Re?ections upon Marriage


John Locke, From Some Thoughts Concerning Education
Mary Astell, From A Serious Proposal to the Ladies
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, From Emilius and Sophia; or, A New System of Education
John Gregory, From A Father’s Legacy to His Daughters
Catharine Macaulay, From Letters on Education
Hannah More, From Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education


Richard Price, From A Discourse on the Love of Our Country
Edmund Burke, From Re?ections on the Revolution in France
Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Men
Mary Wollstonecraft, From An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution


Anonymous, From Review of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
William En?eld, From Review of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “The Rights of Woman”
Thomas Taylor, From A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes
Mary Hays, From Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous
William Godwin, From Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Richard Polwhele, From The Unsex’d Females
Mary Hays, From Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft
Maria Edgeworth, From Belinda
Benjamin Silliman, From The Letters of Shahcoolen
William Thompson, From Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men


Elissa S. Guralnick, Radical Politics in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Mitzi Myers, Reform or Ruin: “A Revolution in Female Manners”
Cora Kaplan, From Wild Nights: Pleasure/Sexuality/Feminism
Mary Poovey, [A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Female Sexuality]
Claudia L. Johnson, From The Distinction of the Sexes
Barbara Taylor, The Religious Foundations of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Feminism


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