Please Contact Us if you have any questions or to report any problems.

PITHY QUOTE FROM Wollstonecraft: Works

Open quotes
It is true, many of my relations visit me; but I think they only come to calculate how long I shall thus gradually be sinking into the grave. Believe me, my dear friend, I often wish to be in the place of one of my day labourers; to be able to eat, drink, sleep, and laugh; and to have children to take care of me in my old age. I see them dancing round my sturdy plowman; while I, wretched man, am a burthen to myself.

He raised his eyes towards Heaven, and a tear stole down his pale cheeks.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft. Volume 2: Elements of Morality. Young Grandison, Chapter II.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft. Electronic Edition. book cover

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft. Electronic Edition.

ISBN: 978-1-57085-558-0

Language: English

MARC Records

Mary Wollstonecraft.
Oil on canvas, by John Opie
By permission. National Portrait Gallery, London

List of Contents

Wollstonecraft, Mary. The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft. Edited by Janet Todd and Marilyn Butler, assistant editor Emma Rees-Mogg. 7 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 1989.

  • Vol. 1: Mary, A Fiction. The Wrongs of Woman: or, Maria. The Cave of Fancy
  • Vol. 2: Elements of Morality. Young Grandison
  • Vol. 3: Of the Importance of Religious Opinions
  • Vol. 4: Thoughts on the Education of Daughters. The Female Reader. Original Stories. Letters on the Management of Infants. Lessons
  • Vol. 5: A Vindication of the Rights of Men. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Hints
  • Vol. 6: An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution. Letters to Joseph Johnson. Letters Written in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Letters to Gilbert Imlay
  • Vol. 7: On Poetry. Contributions to the Analytical Review, 1788-1797


Janet Todd is the Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow, and the author of many books, including The Secret Life of Aphra Behn (1996) and Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life (2000).

Marilyn Butler is Rector of Exeter College, Oxford and author of Maria Edgeworth a Literary Biography (1972), Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries (1981) and editor of Burke, Paine and Godwin and the Revolution Controversy (1984).

Her (Wollstonecraft's) multi-faceted genius as a writer is revealed in this definitive seven-volume collection of her works, published under the scrupulous editorship of Janet Todd and Marilyn Butler.

—The Times Higher Education Supplement

Wollstonecraft is now finding the readers she ought to have had all along, and the change in her fortunes to which the splendid new Pickering & Chatto edition owes its being, the edition itself will help to sustain.

—David Bromwich
The Times Literary Supplement