Remembering Wollstonecraft: Feminine Friendship, Female Subjectivity and the 'Invention' of the Feminist Heroine

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Palgrave Macmillan
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Chapter
Citation:
Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850: Gender, Genre and Authorship, 2012, 1, pp. 165 - 180
Issue Date:
2012-01
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In September 1797, several weeks after the death of her dearest friend Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, feminist and Rational Dissenter, published Wollstonecraft's obituary in the Monthly Magazine. Although her name was not appended to that obituary, in its next edition a note from Hays was published apologizing for this oversight. To the paragraph in your magazine for September announcing the decease of mrs Godwin, it was my desire and intention to have affixed my name, as a public testimony of respect and affection for my late admirable friend. But by some misconception, this intention appears to have been defeated. Farther particulars respecting this extraordinary woman I did not think myself at liberty to add, as they will probably, within a short period, be given to the public by a far abler hand.
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