Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Her Lost Words

Mary Wollstonecraft was a British writer, philosopher and one of the very first to advocate openly for women’s rights in the late 1700’s. After leaving home and a violent alcoholic father Mary found trust in one London publisher who introduced Mary and her work to the literary world at large, a closed door to women at the time. Experiencing poverty, pregnancy out of wedlock and Paris’s Reign of Terror Mary Wollstonecraft, way ahead of her time, spent her short life championing education and equality for women. Mary Shelley, celebrated author of Frankenstein, never knew her mother but discovered a lifetime of guidance through her intelligent and often scandalous words. She grew up craving her father’s attention and fell in love with Percy Shelley, a poet who turned her world upside down. Mother and daughter express their philosophical thoughts and emotions through pen and paper at a time when women had virtually no voice or vote, when women were completely dependent on their male counterparts. Mary and Mary both led extremely uncommon and unconventional lives that were criticized and often dangerous but slowly forced change within their conformist society. Narrated through their personal loves and professional endeavors we travel back in time to understand and witness these trailblazing women whose shoulders we now stand on. Highly recommend this easy to read compelling work of historical fiction. I learned so much! Perfect for Women’s History Month! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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