Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900


Mary Wollstonecraft
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Writing almost one hundred years after Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft also addressed the proper duties and education of women.

Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (1787) was Wollstonecraft’s first book. In many ways typical of eighteenth century conduct literature for women, the book reiterates conventional ideas regarding women's domestic and moral duties. Yet the author also asserts that, as independent and intellectual beings, women deserve better access to education.

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Mary Wollstonecraft. Thoughts on the Education of Daughters… London: Printed for J. Johnson, [1787].
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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
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