Mary, A Fiction
by Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)
Originally published in 1788, Mary, A Fiction
was one of two novels written by Mary Wollstonecraft, and the only one completed. It has elements drawn from her own life experience.
Wollstonecraft later repudiated Mary, writing that it was laughable. However, scholars have argued that, despite its faults, the novel's representation of an energetic, unconventional, opinionated, rational, female genius (the first of its kind in English literature) within a new kind of romance is an important development in the history of the novel because it helped shape an emerging feminist discourse.
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