The Idea of Being Free: A Mary Hays Reader
Gina Luria Walker
Broadview Press, 9. dets 2005 - 343 pages
Mary Hays (1759-1843) is often best remembered for her early revolutionary novels The Memoirs of Emma Courtney and The Victim of Prejudice. In this collection, however, Gina Luria Walker reveals the extraordinary range of Haysís oeuvre. The selections are mainly from Haysís non-fiction writings, including letters, life-writing, political commentary, and essays. The extracts demonstrate her importance as an advanced and innovative thinker, philosophical commentator, and writer of deliberately experimental fiction.
This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and full annotation. Texts by numerous other writers are interleaved chronologically with Haysís writings to illustrate her idiosyncratic intellectual genealogy, how her understanding modulated over time, and the multiple ways in which she influenced and was influenced by the most significant issues and figures of her age.
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Chapter Three 1793 156
A Brief Chronology 23
Chapter One 177981
Helvťtius in The Cabinet
Women of all Ages and Countries Alphabetically Arranged in
Chapter Six 181436
Selected Reviews of Hayss Publications