Memoirs of Emma Courtney

By: Mary Hays
Published By: Double9 Books
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"Memoirs of Emma Courtney" by Mary Hays is a groundbreaking work of fiction that challenges societal norms and explores the complexities of love, independence, and female autonomy in 18th-century England. Written by Mary Hays, a prominent figure in the feminist movement, the novel follows the life of Emma Courtney, a fiercely independent woman who defies convention to pursue her own path. Set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment era, Hays' novel delves into Emma's struggle for self-realization in a society that stifles female ambition and desires. Through Emma's introspective memoirs, readers are immersed in a narrative that confronts issues of gender inequality, social injustice, and the limitations imposed on women's freedoms. As Emma navigates the challenges of love, friendship, and self-discovery, Hays crafts a compelling story that transcends its time, offering timeless insights into the human condition. Emma's journey serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring quest for personal fulfillment and liberation. "Memoirs of Emma Courtney" deftly blends elements of romance, social commentary, and feminist philosophy, making it a seminal work in both feminist literature and English literary tradition. Hays' narrative mastery and profound insights into the human experience ensure that Emma's story resonates with readers long after the final page is turned.

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Mary Hays

Mary Hays was a self-taught intellectual who wrote essays, poetry, novels, and various books about notable women. She is recognized for her early feminism and her strong relationships with dissenting and radical philosophers of her period, such as Robert Robinson, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and William Frend. She was born in 1759 into a family of Protestant separatists who opposed the practices of the Church of England (the established church). Hays was called by those who detested her as 'the baldest disciple of Wollstonecraft' by The Anti Jacobin Magazine, assailed as a 'unsex'd female' by priest Robert Polwhele, and sparked controversy throughout her long life with her defiant writings. Hays was impressed by Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and after writing to her with admiration, the two women became friends. The backlash following Wollstonecraft's death and the posthumous release of her Memoirs influenced Hays' later work, which some academics have described as more conservative. Among these later productions is the six-volume compendium Female Biography: or Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women of All Ages and Countries, in which Wollstonecraft is not mentioned, despite the fact that Hays wrote an extensive obituary for The Annual Necrology shortly after Godwin's controversial Memoirs were published. If Wollstonecraft was overlooked in the nineteenth century, Hays and her writing received even less critical or academic attention until the twentieth century's rising feminist movement.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2024
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 196pages
  • ISBN-10: 9363050157
  • ISBN-13: 9789363050150
  • Item Weight: 254.8g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 11.1mm
  • Reading age: 10+
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Romance / General