Further Reading for Memoirs

February 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Further Reading for Memoirs

My suggestion for a complementary reading to Godwin’s Memoirs is Godwin & Mary: Letters of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Reading their letters to each other provides a nuanced view of their relationship. There are only 160 letters–most of them very short–that trace the trajectory of their relationship from courtship through pregnancy, marriage and up to just before Mary’s death. There are sweet letters, expressions of their love for one another, as well as snippy letters over Godwin’s behavior with another (unnamed) woman. Neither is a saintly genius with perfect taste and intuition. They’re just human. There is a copy at the GC library.


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