Author: Charlotte Gordon
Publisher: Windmill Books
A formidable study of two formidable geniuses and the personal and political waves that swirled about them. It's no mean feat to write a single biography well, but Charlotte Gordon's brilliant approach of braiding together the lives of mother and daughter is outstanding. It highlights parallels in their experience, but also the aching void where they could not connect. As tempestuous as a Gothic novel, as precise and intricate as one of Mary Wollstonecraft's arguments, this is an absolute treat (bonus points also for quotes from Mary Shelley's sexts to her husband's last mistress).