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Mary Wollstonecroft


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Mary Wollstonecroft : unknown

Letter to Miss Ourry January 2 1794 'Then I have not put B. to school, or done half of what I meant.- I have seen Mary Wollstonecroft?s book, which is so run after here, that there is no keeping it long enough to read it leisurely, though one had leisure. It has produced no other convictions in my mind, but that of the authors possessing considerable abilities, and greatly misapplying them. To refute her arguments would be to write another and a larger book; for there is more pains and skill required to refute ill-founded assertions, than to make them. [and again on p. 272] 'Where a woman had those superior powers of mind to which we give the name genius, she will exert them under all disadvantages: Jean Jacques says truly, genius will educate itself, and, like flame, burst through all obstructions ?.' [p. 268-277 is a criticism of Mary Wollstonecroft's work]

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]      Print: Book


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