THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
Mary Wollstonecraft
and
Anna Letitia Barbauld
WOLLSTONECRAFT
Born in London on April 27, 1759.
Second of seven children of Edward John.
Haphazard education she lear...
MARY’S TROUBLES
 1781- the death of her mother.
 1782- after her mother’s death, Mary goes to live with her friend,
Fann...
CAREER
 Mary worked to create a school with Fanny and her sister, Eliza.
 She later met Rev. Richard Price, and she felt...
VINDICATION
A Vindication of Rights of Woman: with Strictures on
Political and Moral Subjects was published in 1791.
Thi...
LOVE LIFE
 Gilbert Imlay American merchant and writer (1792). The
couple never married, and Imlay was thought to be
Woll...
GODWIN AND
WOLLSTONECRAFT
In 1796, Mary and William Godwin became
lovers.
They married in 1797, and in August, Mary
Woll...
BARBAULD
Born in 1743.
Born at Leicestershire to Rev. John and Jane
Jennings Aikin.
Highly educated and was taught to r...
“THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN”
 In her poem, “The Rights of Woman”, Anna Letitia Barbauld
responds to Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindic...
CONTINUED…
Wollstonecraft questioned many ideas of
Barbauld, which could have led to the negative
response to Vindication...
LATE LIFE AND DEATH
 Barbauld continued to write and publish until she died at
82.
 Wollstonecraft appeared to be the ex...
LINKS TO SOURCES
 http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/womenpoets/barbauld/bio.htm
 http://plato.standford.edu/entries/wollstonec...
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  1. 1. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF Mary Wollstonecraft and Anna Letitia Barbauld
  2. 2. WOLLSTONECRAFT Born in London on April 27, 1759. Second of seven children of Edward John. Haphazard education she learned to read and understand the Bible from her friend, a clergyman.
  3. 3. MARY’S TROUBLES  1781- the death of her mother.  1782- after her mother’s death, Mary goes to live with her friend, Fanny’s family.  1783- she leaves Fanny to go save her sister from a difficult marriage. She does not leave with her until 1784 (the two went into hiding, leaving Eliza’s daughter behind).
  4. 4. CAREER  Mary worked to create a school with Fanny and her sister, Eliza.  She later met Rev. Richard Price, and she felt she needed to rise to his defense, which lead to her writing, Vindication of the Rights of Men.  Her school later collapsed and she focused on her literary career as a reader and writer of great literature.
  5. 5. VINDICATION A Vindication of Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects was published in 1791. This writing focused on the flaws of marriage and education. She desired all women to be educated and to not fall to the strictures of society.
  6. 6. LOVE LIFE  Gilbert Imlay American merchant and writer (1792). The couple never married, and Imlay was thought to be Wollstonecraft’s reason for unhappiness. “Passions are not so easily brought to heel by reason.” The relationship ended after infidelity and rejection.  They had a daughter, Fanny.  She attempted suicide twice after the birth of Fanny.
  7. 7. GODWIN AND WOLLSTONECRAFT In 1796, Mary and William Godwin became lovers. They married in 1797, and in August, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born. Their daughter would later become Mary Shelly, the author of Frankenstein.
  8. 8. BARBAULD Born in 1743. Born at Leicestershire to Rev. John and Jane Jennings Aikin. Highly educated and was taught to read young. Celebrated poet of the 18th century.
  9. 9. “THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN”  In her poem, “The Rights of Woman”, Anna Letitia Barbauld responds to Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman with a rather sardonic tone.  “They rights are empire: urge no meaner claim…Make treacherous Man thy subject, not they friend” Many ideas were taken out of context.
  10. 10. CONTINUED… Wollstonecraft questioned many ideas of Barbauld, which could have led to the negative response to Vindication. Barbauld ends her poem with this point, “social differences between the two sexes is irrelevant in the face of their love for one another.”
  11. 11. LATE LIFE AND DEATH  Barbauld continued to write and publish until she died at 82.  Wollstonecraft appeared to be the exact person she wrote about: uneducated, fell for the vanity of a man, etc. Perhaps Barbauld knew this?  Known as one of the best poets Englad could ever boast of.
  12. 12. LINKS TO SOURCES  http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/womenpoets/barbauld/bio.htm  http://plato.standford.edu/entries/wollstonecraft/#Bio  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wollstonecraft  http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/godwin/Godwinarc hive.html  http://www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/author/anna-letitia-barbauld  http://www.abolitionist.com/mary-wollstonecraft.html

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