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Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle

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  • Title: Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle
  • Author: Janet Todd
  • ISBN: 9781582433394
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover

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About "Janet Todd"

  1. Janet Todd

    Janet Margaret Todd is a Welsh born academic and a well respected author of many books on women in literature Todd was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Florida, where she undertook a doctorate on the poet John Clare.She is currently the Herbert JC Grierson Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen On 1 September 2008, Professor Todd took up the post of President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge She is the seventh President of the college.Janet Todd s research concerns literature and culture of the Restoration and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Over a long career, primarily in the US and the UK at Cambridge University, University of East Anglia, Glasgow University and University of Aberdeen, she has published and contributed to than 38 books, mainly on women s writing, cultural history and the development of fiction She also edited full scale editions of Mary Wollstonecraft with Marilyn Butler and Aphra Behn, as well as individual works of women such as Helen Maria Williams, Mary Shelley, Mary Carleton and Eliza Fenwick.She is the General Editor of the nine volume The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, editing the volume Jane Austen in Context and co editing Persuasion and Later Manuscripts.

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  1. Who the hell was Fanny Wollstonecraft I m not going to lie, before picking this book up I had no idea she even existed I ve read numerous biographies on the Shelley Godwin circle and Fanny is a name that has rarely, if only briefly, come up She is the forgotten daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, and the ignored sister of Mary Shelley And that s the whole point of this work Todd shows that whilst Shelley was gallivanting around Europe with the likes of Mary and Byron, some people unintentionally fe [...]


  2. The actual subtitle of the book is Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle, which is much descriptive of what the book is actually about So little is left of Fanny Wollstonecraft s correspondence and, really, her memory that it would be nearly impossible to give a full accounting of her life or death The Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelleys had so much scandal in their surrounding them that Fanny s death was just one problem that had to be covered up for propriety s sake As a consequence, her na [...]


  3. Wat een mooi boek.Over Fanny zeg ik in mijn les dat ze vernoemd was naar Mary Wollstonecrafts vriendin Fanny Blood, dat ze ongelukkig was in het nieuw samengesteld gezin van Goodwin en dat ze heel jong 22 jaar oud zelfmoord pleegde.Dit boek is het verhaal achter die paar zinnen Ja, meestal gaat het over Mary Wollstonecraft en over haar dochter Mary, die eloped met Shelley en Frankenstein schreef Niet over Fanny.Ik ben onder de indruk van de idiotie van Percy Shelley Die mens, die zgn geniale dic [...]


  4. Good, though it was far less about Fanny than about the world of Shelley and the others who inhabited her life, which makes it less than what I was looking for, but still interesting Also, after reading this and Passion , I pretty much think Shelley was a complete and utter unfeeling ass.


  5. Written with attention to historical accuracy and care for the minute details, Janet Todd succeeds in fleshing out an enigma from the past Reading about my long lost cousin, yes Fanny Imlay Wollstonecraft Godwin is a blood relative, aloud me to see the continuing path of destruction left by Gilbert Imlay To be fair, Gilbert and Mary Wollstonecraft were forced together under chaotic circumstances, confusing the pitch of emotions with an idealistic romance Unfortunately, a child was produced in le [...]


  6. I will rate and update thoughts after book club discussion For now let me say the Wollstonecraft Shelley circle make the Kardashian Jenner family look tame.I thought this book was okay and I m glad I read it Too bad of the book club members did not The discussion about the characters and their lives could have been so entertaining.


  7. Fanny, the illegitimate daughter ofMary Wollstonecraft, was raised by her stepfather, who famously said, Till the softer sex has produced a Bacon, a Newton, a Hume or a Shakspeare, I never will believe in formal education for women What an ass


  8. What is better Is the question this book asks Is it better to defy convention To live a life of adventure, heedless of the censure of others and remembered throughout history Is it worth it to duck the accusations of scandal than to live a quiet life, putting duty before your own desires and satisfying the society in which you were brought up, even if it means sacrificing happiness and being left behind These are the themes that are explored through the persons of three sisters, though not relat [...]


  9. I didn t read this because of an over fascination with Percy Shelley and the Romantics per se I m not really a fan of that sort of poetry or music it all seems a little over done to me I like Frankenstein , of course Quite a bit, in fact I don t think any film version has done it justice No, I read this book because I was fascinated by the time, and specifically by the ways it reminds us that there really is very little new in the human experience Specifically, it was interesting to read about a [...]


  10. What is better Is the question this book poses Is it better to brave the censure of others To live a life of adventure defying convention in spite of consequences Or is it better to conform and retain the approval of those close to you and the good opinion of society This is the point the author raises by comparing three girls who were raised as sisters The first was Mary Born of the union of Mary Wollstonecraft, noted feminist writer and the radical and philosophical William Godwin, Mary was br [...]


  11. When this book was suggested to me as the Kardashians of the early 1800s I was curious Turns out they were optimistic, selfish, utopian seeking, free love practicingc They were all that the description offered and I hated them To me, they came across as debased, self interested pleasure seekers, and although their lives were interesting I couldn t really find sympathy for them Except Fanny and Harriet, them I sympathized with.


  12. Fanny Wollstonecraft s suicide is not predestined Read all about it Shelley was certainly a man of Genius and great feeling but the effects of both were perverted by some unhappy flightings of mind that led him to cause much unhappiness to his connections p xi Everina Wollstonecraft In Death and the Maidens Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle feminist author Janet Todd spends time focusing on the finances and sexual attitude of Percy Bysshe Shelley then making Fanny Wollstonecraft a cha [...]


  13. Damni feel like i just read watched a soap opera d i have to admit a very love hate relationship with them.Having read Frankenstein and watched several of its adaptations, i was fully aware of who Mary Shelley is was and frankly it was her name the lured me into reading this book.This is not however Mary s story, but the story of her older sister Fanny Wollstonecraft She was the daughter of the original feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, sister of Mary Shelley the literary star, and the deluded hopef [...]


  14. Janet Todd S DEATH THE MAIDENS FANNY WOLLSTONECRAFT AND THE SHELLEY CIRCLE is an unusual scholarly biography Joining the quiet, authoritative voice in this book is like sitting down to tea over a series of afternoons with someone willing to talk about people she knows extremely well I ve been through than a few biographies of the second generation of English Romantic poets, from Mary Shelley herself to Hogg and Dowden to numerous 20th Century efforts Add to these, visits to a few sites among th [...]


  15. Since this book shares, obviously, the exact same source material as Daisy Hay s The Young Romantics, there is a LOT of reptition in this book and I find myself on Hay s side rather than Todd s, as in, I d say read Hay s book, if you re really only going to read one on this topic I do wholeheartedly admire that Todd gives the attention and thoughtfulness to the women who really deserved it in this circle I was taken aback by some of my co workers beliefs that Eh, the women knew what they were ge [...]


  16. Poor, pathetic Franny A non fictional account of Franny Goodwin, the adopted daughter of William Goodwin and the biological daughter of Mary Wollenstonecraft But you may perhaps he familiar with her half sister, Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein It s as if we only see Franny in the dull distorted reflection of a silver spoon Her contemporaries constantly compared her kindly, but disfavorably to Mary less beautiful with much less spark And she is always writing letters on behalf of other [...]


  17. This is the little known story of Fanny Godwin or Fanny Wollstonecraft the sister of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wife of Percy Shelley and author of Frankenstein Among all of the famous intellectuals in her family, poor Fanny was just trying to get along with everyone and ended up getting the short stick in just about every way The book seems well researched, although since little is known about Fanny the author had to draw alot of conclusions on scanty evidence This is a pretty quick read and q [...]


  18. An interesting nonfiction read about Mary Shelley s relationship with her family and the influence Percy Bysshe Shelley had on her literary creation, Frankenstein The book was mainly an exploration of the narcissistic hedonism pursued by the Shelley s and their associates, and their philosophies that resulted in the pursuit of such behaviors This made for a compelling story that held my interest, particularly once Lord Byron was introduced In short, worth picking up.


  19. Author Janet Todd brings life to a gentle soul both harassed and obscured by her famous and infamous relations While trying to reconcile warring factions of her family, Fanny Wollstonecraft or Godwin, or Imlay was scorned and reviled, until someone needed something from her Her story is a sorrowful tale of a lost soul whose only peace was to be found in death.


  20. I m not usually one for reading non fiction, but I found this a rollicking read Those Shelleys and Wollstonecrafts were quite an interesting bunch I found Fanny s story really very moving A well written and thought provoking book.


  21. Very interesting Was nice to read this book, from the perspectives of other family members, after having read the Hoobler book, which is from the perspective of the Shelleys so Depressing a bit though


  22. this was a delicious book I loved the writing and vocabulary, how the book is set up and the author s sensitive and caring interpretations of what did happen and what might have happened She clearly defines Fanny as the only true feeling and loving human being in Fanny s world.


  23. Little is known of Fanny Imlay Wollstonecraft and sadly this book does not help It rehashes the stories surrounding her mother and her half sister Mary Shelley than anything There are better biographies of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.


  24. This was such an interesting book, it s hard to put down It s about the torrid love triangle square polygon of the Percy Shelley Lord Byron fellows It is tragic and poetic, and I really enjoyed it.


  25. Death and the Maidens seems to include every iota of information Todd could either find or extrapolate or even conjure.


  26. Biography with pizazz Too much fun to stop reading Loaded with detail, facts, primary documents and oozing with gossipy truths about my fave Romantics Reads like fiction.


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