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Mary Wollstonecraft: Letters written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark: an audio guide

In this Oxford World’s Classics audio guide, listen to Professor Jon Mee of Warwick University, the author of the introduction to this volume–discuss Mary Wollstonecraft’s travels, views on the sublime, and the role of women in eighteenth century society.

“If ever there was a book calculated to make a man in love with its author, this appears to me to be the book.”

William Godwin, the author’s future husband, was not alone in admiring ‘Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark’; Wollstonecraft’s most popular book during her lifetime. Not easy to categorize, it is both an arresting travel book and a moving exploration of her personal and political selves. With her baby daughter and a nursemaid, she travelled across the dramatic landscape and wrote sublime descriptions of the natural world, and the events and people she encountered.

Listen to this audio guide to learn more about Mary Wollstonecraft’s life: her family background, formative years, travel itinerary, and views on European politics after the French revolution.


Featured image credit: “Stockholm, Sweden” by tpsdave. CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay.

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