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Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark

Mary Wollstonecraft

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Published in 1796, Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark is a personal travel narrative by the eighteenth-century British feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft. The twenty-five letters cover a wide range of topics, from sociological reflections on Scandinavia and its peoples to philosophical questions regarding identity. Published by Wollstonecraft's career-long publisher, Joseph Johnson, it was the last work issued during her lifetime. Wollstonecraft undertook her tour of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark in order to retrieve a stolen treasure ship for her lover, Gilbert Imlay. Believing that the journey would restore their strained relationship, she eagerly set off. However, over the course of the three months she spent in Scandinavia, she realized that Imlay had no intention of renewing the relationship. The letters, which constitute the text, drawn from her journal and from missives she sent to Imlay, reflect her anger and melancholy over his repeated betrayals. Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark is therefore both a travel narrative and an autobiographical memoir. Using the rhetoric of the sublime, Wollstonecraft explores the relationship between self and society in the text. She values subjective experience, particularly in relation to nature; champions the liberation and education of women; and illustrates the detrimental effects of commerce on society. Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark was Wollstonecraft's most popular book in the 1790s—it sold well and was reviewed favorably by most critics. Wollstonecraft's future husband, philosopher William Godwin, wrote: "If ever there was a book calculated to make a man in love with its author, this appears to me to be the book."The book also influenced Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who drew on its themes and its aesthetic. While the book initially inspired readers to travel to Scandinavia, it failed to retain its popularity after the publication of Godwin's Memoirs of the

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English

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5h 48m


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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:46