Posted by P. Bingham on July 01, 1998 at 23:54:03:
In response to I'm beginning to think we share the same bookshelf, Patricia!, written by Marie-Bernadette on July 01, 1998 at 23:05:09
Do you remember exactly what this contraversy was? I read it but I don't remember the details or even the big picture other than some embarrassing parts of Wollstonecraft's personal life being made public knowledge. Her daughter, Mary Shelley, also led an interesting life and had unusual ideas (such a penchant for a threesome - her, Shelley and Shelly's first wife who would later commit suicide, and then the open relationship she had with Shelley even though they were married). If someone doesn't know it off-hand I have it somewhere, perhaps in Mary Shelley's Biography ( I don't have Wolstencraft's Biography so the information I read must have come from Mary Shelley's) Anyway, I think knowing this would give us a better picture of this period when Austen's novels were rejected and perhaps how damaging these memoirs were to Wollstonecraft and the feminist movement. And then what specifically in Jane Austen's work might have caused some contraversy in itself. Why in particular would Susan have been rejected for this reason? Assuming of course that the contraversy surrounding Wollstonecraft was the reason for rejection.
Oh, and, yes I think we must have the same bookshelf. My Family, Sex & Marriage book is missing. Do you have it?
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