Wollstonecraft is best known for Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Her pioneering views on women's rights inform her two novels, and their autobiographical influence makes them of great literary and historical interest. The new introduction incorporates the latest scholarship over the past quarter-century since the previous edition and considers the social formation of Wollstonecraft as a Revolutionary feminist, her literary-political career, and a critical account of her two novels. Up to date bibliography includes all the latest critical writing on Wollstonecraft. Heavily revised notes link her fiction to her extensive reading, her other writings and major events and issues of the day. Completely reset text, making it more attracive and pleasanter to read. New to this edition Complete rewritten introduction New, up to date bibliography Heavily revised notes Text completely reset, making it more attractive and pleasanter to read 'I have lately written...a tale, to illustrate an opinion of mine, that a genius will educate itself.' Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for her pioneering views on the rights of women to share equal rights and opportunities with men. Expressed most forcefully in her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), her forthright opinions also inform her two innovative novels, Mary and The Wrongs of Woman, a fictional sequel to the Vindication. In both novels the heroines have to rely on their own resources to establish their independence and intellectual development. Mary learns to take control of her destiny and become a social philanthropist, while Maria, in The Wrongs of Woman, fights imprisonment and a loveless marriage to claim her rights. Strongly autobiographical, both novels powerfully complement Wollstonecraft's non-fictional writing, inspired by the French Revolution and the social upheavals that followed. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. Readership: Readers interested in literature of the Revolutionary period, in women's writing and feminist literature and Wollstonecraft; students of English Literature, Romantic literature, women's studies, gender studies, Wollstonecraft.