This event will take place at the Beech Street Center.
We hope you enjoyed this year's One Book One Belmont, a celebration of 200 years of Frankenstein! Join us Thursday, November 1 for the One Book One Belmont Keynote Address, given by Charlotte Gordon. She will discuss her book Romantic Outlaws, the first biography to compare the parallel lives of revolutionary feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the daughter she never met: mother of science fiction Mary Shelley.
In 1797, less than two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a remarkable life spent pushing against the boundaries of society’s expectations for women came to an end. But another was just beginning. Wollstonecraft’s daughter Mary was to follow a similarly audacious path. Both women had passionate relationships with several men, bore children out of wedlock, and chose to live in exile outside their native country. Each in her own time fought against the injustices women faced and wrote books that changed literary history.
Charlotte Gordon is the author of Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths. She has also published two books of poetry, When the Grateful Dead Came to St. Louis and Two Girls on a Raft. She is an associate professor of English at Endicott College and lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES