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The next volumes in the Famous Women Series

will be:

MADAME ROLAND. By Mathilde Blind.

HARRIET MARTINEAU. By Mrs. Fenwick Miller.

Already published:

GEORGE ELIOT. By Miss Blind.

EMILY BRONTË. By Miss Robinson.`
GEORGE SAND. By Miss Thomas.

MARY LAMB. By Mrs. Gilchrist.

MARGARET FULLER. By Julia Ward Howe.
MARIA EDGEWORTH. By Miss Zimmern.

ELIZABETH FRY. By Mrs. E. R. Pitman.

THE COUNTESS OF ALBANY.

By Vernon Lee.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT. By Elizabeth Robins

Pennell.

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Copyright, 1884,

BY ROBERTS BROTHERS.

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UNIVERSITY PRESS:
JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

PREFACE.

COMPARATIVELY little has been written about the life of MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT. The two authorities upon the subject are Godwin and Mr. C. Kegan Paul. In writing the following Biography I have relied chiefly upon the Memoir written by the former, and the Life of Godwin and Prefatory Memoir to the Letters to Imlay of the latter. I have endeavored to supplement the facts recorded in these books by a careful analysis of Mary Wollstonecraft's writings and study of the period in which she lived.

I must here express my thanks to Mr. Garnett, of the British Museum, and to Mr. C. Kegan Paul, for the kind assistance they have given me in my work. To the first named of these gentlemen I am indebted for the loan of a manuscript containing some particulars of Mary Wollstonecraft's last illness which have never yet appeared in print, and to Mr. Paul for the gift, as well as the loan, of several important books.

LONDON, August, 1884.

E. R. P.

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