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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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An “Exchange of Sympathy”

An “Exchange of Sympathy”

(p.144) 5 An “Exchange of Sympathy”
Love in the Time of Revolution

Andrew Cayton

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the time when Mary Wollstonecraft first met William Godwin. They met at a small party in London in November 1791. “The interview was not fortunate,” Godwin later recalled. He had sought an invitation to dinner at a friend's to meet Thomas Paine, who had recently published The Rights of Man. Godwin had no interest in Wollstonecraft, whose style he found distasteful. Unfortunately, Paine was “no great talker,” and Wollstonecraft was; he therefore “heard her, very frequently,” when he “wished to hear Paine.” The conversation centered on the characters of famous men and religion. Godwin thought Wollstonecraft eager to criticize, no matter how equivocal the evidence.

Keywords:   Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, London, Thomas Paine, religion

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