Planting the Seeds for the Austen Oeuvre: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Rights of Woman

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 2-4 pm at Champlain College, the Morgan Room in Aiken Hall


The Vermont Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America will present Vermont author Nancy Means Wright on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft – come and learn why her life inspired Wright to fashion Wollstonecraft into the heroine of her historical mystery series:

In an illustrated talk, Wright will describe 18th-century writer Mary Wollstonecraft’s traumatic and unconventional life in an era when women were victims of primogeniture and considered incapable of reason. She will discuss Mary’s groundbreaking Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and her Unitarian publisher’s circle of Dissidents; her years in revolutionary Paris when she lost her head to a feckless American captain – and her voyage to Scandinavia as a lone woman in search of a missing “silver ship.” She will also consider the ongoing question: Was Jane Austen influenced by Mary Wollstonecraft?

Nancy Means Wright

Nancy Means Wright

Nancy Means Wright has published fiction with St Martin’s Press, Dutton, Perseverance Press, and elsewhere, including a trilogy of historical mysteries featuring 18th-century Mary Wollstonecraft. Her most recent works are Queens Never Make Bargains, a novel, and The Shady Sisters, a collection of poems. Short stories and poems appear in American Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, Carolina Quarterly, and others. Her children’s books have received an Agatha Award and a grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers. A former teacher and Bread Loaf Scholar, Nancy lives in Middlebury, Vermont, with her spouse and two Maine Coon cats.