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Love in the time of revolution : transatlantic literary radicalism and historical change, 1793-1818 /
Andrew Cayton.
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Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2013], c2013
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351 p.
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1469607506 (hardback), 9781469607504 (hardback)
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Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2013], c2013
isbn
1469607506 (hardback)
9781469607504 (hardback)
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 freethinkers were indulging their own desires with a disregard for stability and higher authority. Through correspondence and novels, Andrew Cayton finds an ideal lens to view authors, characters, and readers all debating love's power to alter men and women in the world around them. Cayton argues for Wollstonecraft's and Godwin's enduring influence on fiction published in Great Britain and the United States and explores Mary Godwin Shelley's endeavors to sustain her mother's faith in romantic love as an engine of social change"--
"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 freethinkers were indulging their own desires with a disregard for stability and higher authority. Through correspondence and novels, Andrew Cayton finds an ideal lens to view authors, characters, and readers all debating love's power to alter men and women in the world around them"--
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8941339
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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 freethinkers were indulging their own desires with a disregard for stability and higher authority. Through correspondence and novels, Andrew Cayton finds an ideal lens to view authors, characters, and readers all debating love's power to alter men and women in the world around them.
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"This vivid and important account of the age of revolutions turns the spotlight on friendship and love. A generation of radical writers, and the men and women who read them, enacted a revolution in personal relationships. To understand the true radicalism of the age, their stories of cultural innovation must be added to the better-known narratives of political liberty and republican experiment. In Cayton's dexterous interpretation, the era was as personally transformative as it was politically turbulent, with dramatic consequences not only for the actors but also for their nineteenth-century children."--Sarah Knott, Indiana University
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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 freethinkers were indulging their own desires with a disregard for stability and higher authority. Through correspondence and novels, Andrew Cayton finds an ideal lens to view authors, characters, and readers all debating love's power to alter men and women in the world around them. Cayton argues for Wollstonecraft's and Godwin's enduring influence on fiction published in Great Britain and the United States and explores Mary Godwin Shelley's endeavors to sustain her mother's faith in romantic love as an engine of social change.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prologue A Revolution in Favor of Lovep. 1
"Quite Alone in a Crowd,"p. 12
A "Very Sensible" Americanp. 54
"I Wish to Be Necessary to You,"p. 91
"We Are… Differently Organized,"p. 115
An "Exchange of Sympathy,"p. 144
Modern Philosophersp. 182
American Commercep. 211
The New Man of Feelingp. 239
Love's "Very Essence Is Liberty,"p. 270
"The True Key of the Universe Is Love,"p. 300
Epilogue "The Subject Was of Love,"p. 329
Acknowledgmentsp. 335
Indexp. 339
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