IN THE REVIEW

Mr. Right

The George Eliot Letters: Volume VIII: 1840-1870, Supplementary Letters Volume IX: 1871-1881, Supplementary Letters, Agenda and Corrigenda, Indexes to Volumes 1-9

edited by Gordon S. Haight
“The day seems too short for our happiness,” George Eliot writes in one of the letters included in the supplementary volumes of her correspondence, “and,” she continues, “we both of us feel that we have begun life afresh—with new ambition and new powers.” This seems to be an exact description …

Vindicating Mary Wollstonecraft

Thoughts on the education of daughters: with reflections on female conduct, in the more important duties of life

by Mary Wollstonecraft, edited and introduced by Gina Luria

Mary, a fiction

by Mary Wollstonecraft, edited and introduced by Gina Luria
When the final word is said on Mary Wollstonecraft she will appear to us, I suspect, as one of the most powerful and distinctive prose writers in the language. The one work by which she is generally known today, her 1792 Vindication of the Rights of Woman, establishes Wollstonecraft as …

Female Gothic: Monsters, Goblins, Freaks

The first readers of Wuthering Heights were struck as we are still today by the perverse aspects of the novel. “A disagreeable story” about “painful and exceptional subjects,” said The Athenaeum, “…dwelling upon those physical acts of cruelty—the contemplation of which true taste rejects.” Much as that assessment misses—the strength, …

Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother

What I mean by Female Gothic is easily defined: the work that women writers have done in the literary mode that, since the eighteenth century, we have called the Gothic. But what I mean—or anyone else means—by “the Gothic” is not so easily stated except that it has to do …

The Library Murder Case

The New York Public Library: A History of its Founding and Early Years

by Phyllis Dain

Annual Report 1971/72, The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is one of the four greatest research libraries in the world, the newest and the most threatened. Founded three quarters of a century ago as a private institution, NYPL has long performed the kind of public service for American scholars that government libraries do in …