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Unbounded AttachmentSentiment and Politics in the Age of the French Revolution$
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Harriet Guest

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686810.001.0001

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Remembering Mary Wollstonecraft

Remembering Mary Wollstonecraft

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(p.88) 3 Remembering Mary Wollstonecraft
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Unbounded Attachment
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Harriet Guest

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686810.003.0003

This chapter discusses posthumous representations of Wollstonecraft, including anonymous accounts which appeared in periodicals and essays, as well as Mary Hays’s obituary, and letters Godwin received from correspondents who had knew Wollstonecraft as well as others who knew her only through her writing or reputation. It includes discussion of Charles Lloyd’s novel, Edmund Oliver, as well as his lines addressed to Wollstonecraft. It suggests that there was a sense of a commonality of feeling between the idea of Wollstonecraft as a figure capable of ‘unbounded attachment’, and her dispersed readers and admirers, which seemed to offer the potential for a shared imaginary, or for a movement which might be compared to that which campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade; a collective based in non-partisan and humanitarian aspirations the character of which both appealed to women, and drew much of its persuasive power from their prominent participation. The chapter concludes with a comparison of Godwin’s correspondent, Rachel Prescott, and the diarist Katherine Plymley, which includes some discussion of the Shropshire printer and author William Nicholson.

Keywords:   Enthusiasm, maternal feeling, abolition, Manchester, Shropshire, metropolis, crowd, sensibility, sentiment, readership

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