Charlotte Gordon

“Deft storytelling, impressive scholarship and
historical imagination…”
— Massachusetts Center for the Book

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ROMANTIC OUTLAWS

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke almost every rule there was to break. Romantic Outlaws reveals for the first time the defiant, creative lives of this daring mother-daughter pair who refused to be confined by the rigid conventions of their era.

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Reviews

  • "Gordon salutes her subjects because they 'asserted their right to determine their own destinies, starting a revolution that has yet to end.'"
    NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, "Editor's Choice"

    "Skillfully entwining the story of two generations that spanned a century, Gordon's Romantic Outlaws enables readers to compare the different ways in which these two remarkable women confronted their tragically difficult destinies…[A] thoughtful, intelligent and deeply felt book."
    LONDON SUNDAY TIMES
  • "An impassioned dual biography…Gordon brings a rousing zeal to her pages…. She shows, in vivid detail, how mother influenced daughter, and how the daughter's struggles mirrored the mother's."
    "Gordon's style is warm and engaging and she has produced a fascinating and detailed analysis of two extraordinary women and how they lived their lives in a patriarchy as writers and reformers."
  • "An excellent and poignant book whose heroines breathe in its pages…"
    "BOOK OF THE WEEK," LONDON TIMES

    "Mother and daughter shadow and reveal each other. The retelling emphasizes the extent to which Shelley's life was shaped by her mother's legacy but here is underlined in thought-provoking ways… In Gordon's narrative, [Wollstonecraft and Shelley] appear at their best and bravest."
    THE GUARDIAN
  • "Wordsworth and Byron must step aside to make room for two brilliant women"
    MEGAN MARSHALL
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and The Peabody Sisters

    "Her lucid prose and multifaceted appraisal of Wollstonecraft, Shelley, and their times make warm-blooded and fully fleshed-out people of writers who exist for readers today only as the literary works they left behind."
    PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW

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