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This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book - until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Romantic visionary who gave the world Frankenstein - two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy. In 1797, less than two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a remarkable life spent pushing against the boundaries of society's expectations for women came to an end.

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Charlotte Gordon

Award winning author Charlotte Gordon's most recent book is Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter, Mary Shelley (Random House) . Her other books include: Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet (Little, Brown, 2005) , The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little Brown, 2009) , and two books of poetry: When the Grateful Dead Came to St. Louis and Two Girls on a Raft. A graduate of Harvard and Boston Universities, she has been featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition," CBC's "The Current" as well as many other radio and television programs. She is an Associate Professor of English at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

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