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

  • "A most welcome deeper take on the women who scandalized Victorian England – and whose stories continue to resonate today."
    VOGUE

    "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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A new biography explores the outrageous lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley. Read the interview


Events

May 5 at 7 pmReading at Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908
May 6 at 7:30 pmReading at Gloucester Writers Center
126 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
www.gloucesterwriters.org

News

Mary Wollstonecraft was the original "bad feminist" -- The New York Times  Why I teach Mary Wollstonecraft -- Huffington Post 

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Awards & Interviews

Massachusetts Book Award Rose Thering Fellow CBC Radio NPR Blog Talk Radio