By Richard Holmes
LIVES THAT by no means develop OLD
This specified sequence – edited via Richard Holmes – recovers the nice classical culture of English biography. each ebook is a biographical masterpiece – nonetheless exciting to learn and vividly alive.
The thinker William Godwin fell in love with and married the novel feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, simply to wait her deathbed (giving delivery to their baby, the past due Mary Shelley). Heartbroken, Godwin instantly close himself up in his research and wrote this intensely relocating biography.
True to his philosophical trust in absolute sincerity, Godwin coolly describes Wollstonecraft’s past amorous affairs, her time in innovative Paris, her illegitimate baby, and her suicide makes an attempt. The ebook virtually wrecked either their reputations, yet can now be visible as a masterpiece of indiscretion and human honesty.
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