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  Mary Wollstonecraft 28 January 2005  
A new, revealing biography

For over two centuries the author of the Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, has provoked strong reactions, and a number of biographies.

Was she a bold champion of woman's rights and social revolution, or a histrionic suicidal harpy who concealed a humiliating reliance on men? 

Lyndall Gordon joins Martha to reveal the new research she brings to light in the latest biography of the 'first feminist'.

Mary Wollstonecraft: A New Genus
Lyndall Gordon
Little, Brown
E-text: Vindication of the Rights of Women

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