Scope and arrangement
The Mary Wollstonecraft manuscript material in the Pforzheimer Collection consists of writings and correspondence. The writings include a holograph fragment of her essay, “On Poetry,” and a holograph review of Karl Gottlieb Cramer’s gothic novel, Albert de Nordenshild. The bulk of the correspondence is dated between 1787 and 1797 and discusses her personal life and her published works. Correspondents include: William Godwin, philosopher and novelist (her husband); Mary Hays, novelist; Joseph Johnson, her publisher; and over a half dozen others.