Correspondence (1779-1843) of Mary Hays, British Novelist

Author: Hays, Mary
Hays, Mary
Year:2004
Pages:642
ISBN:0-7734-6357-7
978-0-7734-6357-8
Price:399.95
Mary Hays is known for her literary works and as a formidable member of radical circles in the late eighteenth century. Her letters help the reader understand the extent of her engagement with contemporary issues and how these were voiced in her writings. Until now no full edition of the letters has appeared and earlier selections were greatly abridged. This new edition of almost 400 letters reaffirms Hays’ position within literary and radical circles and provides an important background against which to assess the importance of her writings. Because letters from as well as to Hays are included, we are able to see how much her opinions were sought and assess her importance within sensibility, rational philosophy and the development of feminism.

Reviews

“Hays wrote that ‘every individual is a world to himself’. These letters, admirably edited by Marilyn Brooks, let us enter Mary Hays’ world.” – (From the Commendatory Preface) Janet Todd, University of Glasgow

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
A chronology of Mary Hays
Note on the letters and the collections
Introduction
1. Mary/John correspondence 1778-9
2. Dissenters’ correspondence 1782-1814
3. Writers’ correspondence 1792-1826
4. Hays/Godwin correspondence 1794-1800
5. Family correspondence 1794-1843
6. Friends’ correspondence 1796-1820
7. Henry Crabb Robinson correspondence 1802-42
Appendices
Bibliography
Index