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Love in the Time of RevolutionTransatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818$
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Andrew Cayton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607504

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607511_Cayton

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“Quite Alone in a Crowd”

“Quite Alone in a Crowd”

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Love in the Time of Revolution

Andrew Cayton

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Mary Wollstonecraft's journey from London to Paris in December 1792. Thirty-three years old and the acclaimed author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, she was determined to experiment with the possibilities of life at the epicenter of revolution. In many ways, the journey was an affirmation of her hard-won status as an independent professional woman. Wollstonecraft had at long last found her voice within imperial London's radical literary circles, supporting herself by writing reviews, essays, and books. As important, she had honed an acute sense of what was wrong with her world and how it might be improved through the cultivation of a culture of mixed-gender sociability. Paris was on the cutting edge of revolution, only three and a half years from the fall of the Bastille and a couple of months from the replacement of a monarchy with a republic.

Keywords:   Mary Wollstonecraft, London, Paris, Bastille, revolution, professional woman

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