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Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818

Andrew Cayton

Abstract

In 1798, English essayist and novelist William Godwin ignited a transatlantic scandal with Memoirs of the Author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” Most controversial were the details of the romantic liaisons of Godwin's wife, Mary Wollstonecraft, with both American Gilbert Imlay and Godwin himself. Wollstonecraft's life and writings became central to a continuing discussion about love's place in human society. Literary radicals argued that the cultivation of intense friendship could lead to the renovation of social and political institutions, whereas others maintained that these freet ... More

Keywords: English essayist, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Gilbert Imlay, literary radicals, political institutions, freethinkers, Mary Godwin Shelley, romantic love, social change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469607504
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469607511_Cayton

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Cayton, author