Original Stories from Real Life is the only complete work of children's
literature by the 18th-century British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. It
begins with a frame story that sketches out the education of two young
girls by their maternal teacher Mrs. Mason, followed by a series of
didactic tales. The book was first published by Joseph Johnson in 1788;
a second, illustrated edition, with engravings (pictured) by William
Blake, was released in 1791 and remained in print for around a quarter
of a century. Wollstonecraft employed the then burgeoning genre of
children's literature to promote the education of women and an emerging
middle-class ideology. She argued that women would be able to become
rational adults if they were educated properly as children, which was
not a widely held belief in the 18th century, and contended that the
nascent middle-class ethos was superior to the court culture represented
by fairy tales and to the values of chance and luck found in chapbook
stories for the poor. Wollstonecraft, in developing her own pedagogy,
also responded to the works of the two most important educational
theorists of the 18th century: John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Stories_from_Real_Life>
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (US, sports) Technical matters concerning baseball not apparent to
2. (US) Matters of interest only to insiders.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Philosophical problems can be compared to locks on safes, which
can be opened by dialing a certain word or number, so that no force can
open the door until just this word has been hit upon, and once it is hit
upon any child can open it.
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