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"The Harmless Albatross" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"The Harmless Albatross"
30 x 22 inch (h x w)
Pen
Marker and Pastel on Paper

She was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the child of two eminent political philosophers. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, author of the feminist manifesto, 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman', died shortly after Mary’s birth, leaving Mary in the care of her father William Godwin, renowned for his 'Enquiry Concerning Political Justice', as well as for 'he Adventures of Caleb Williams', the first British detective novel. Her father described Mary as “bold, imperious, and active of mind”, and provided her with an advanced (if somewhat unusual) education covering a wide range of subjects. Mary learned of her mother’s life from the biography her father wrote, and cherished the memory of the mother she never knew.
Mary met Percy Shelley in November 1812, when he was 20 and she only 15. After a rather surreptitious courtship, passions flared, and in July 1814, they ran off to France, never to part (like a pair of albatrosses).
Nor did the creativity sparked by their union go unnoticed. The popularity and influence of their literary efforts continue to the present day.
In an autobiographical thumbnail of her youth, Mary Shelley wrote: “It is not singular that, as the daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity, my favourite pastime was to write stories. Still, castles in the air - indulging in waking dreams - were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings. I lived principally in the country as a girl, and passed a considerable time in Dundee, Scotland, on the shores of the River Tay, where I could commune with the creatures of my fancy. It was beneath the trees of the grounds belonging to our house, or on the bleak sides of the woodless mountains near, that my true compositions, the airy flights of my imagination, were born and fostered, and I could people the hours with creations far more interesting to me than my own sensations.”
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