Books: Ms. Prometheus

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT by CLAIRE TOMALIN

316 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $8.95.

In the early wars for women's liberation, even the heroines tended to remain unknown soldiers. Perhaps it was partly the fear of oblivion that made Mary Wollstonecraft sit down late in 1791 and in six weeks write the 300 pages of A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Earlier that year, she had broken out of a shell of ladylike anonymity to print a bylined edition of her previously unsigned pamphlet A Vindication of the Rights...

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