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Romantic Outlaws

Mary Wollstonecraft (L) and Mary Shelley

Monday, we’re talking about two feminist and literary giants who our guest says “broke almost every rule there was to break.” Mary Wollstonecraft was the pioneering 18th century author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816 at the age of 19. They were also mother and daughter, though Wollstonecraft died less than two weeks after Shelley’s birth. Scholar Charlotte Gordon joins us to talk about their “outrageous” lives and their legacy for women today.

Charlotte Gordon is an Associate Professor of English at Endicott College in Massachusetts. She's the author of Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet [Indiebound|Amazon] and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths [Indiebound|Amazon]Her new book is called Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley. [Indiebound|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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