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Astell, Mary 1668-1731

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Works: 155 works in 740 publications in 5 languages and 13,989 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Records and correspondence  Controversial literature  Travel writing 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
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A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest by Mary Astell( )

77 editions published between 1694 and 2013 in English and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An essay on feminism
Some reflections upon marriage by Mary Astell( )

35 editions published between 1700 and 2015 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If all Men are born Free, how is it that all Women are born Slaves?" For many parts of the world such a bold protest resonates as tellingly today as it did three hundred years ago in England when Mary Astell (1666-1731) confronted the appalling moral and legal subordination of women, rich and poor alike, who entered into matrimony with the cards stacked heavily in the husband's favor. It is Astell's unstinting recognition of the arbitrary restraints imposed on women and her vigorous writing on their behalf that make her one of the earliest English feminists in history. Although prominent in her lifetime as the author of a number of treatises on women's education as well as on theological, philosophical, and political subjects, Astell was nearly forgotten by the nineteenth century. However, since the appearance of Bridget Hill's comprehensive study of Astell (1956) and Ruth Perry's definitive biography (1986), various scholars have helped restore this original thinker and polemicist to her proper intellectual, religious, political, and social contexts
An Essay in defence of the female sex by Mary Astell( Book )

40 editions published between 1696 and 2016 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an upper class British woman's defense of women. Her restraint and conscious apologies reflect a period when there was little support for women's rights
A farther essay relating to the female-sex : containing six characters, and six perfections : with a description of self-love : to which is added a character of a compleat beau by Mary Astell( )

23 editions published between 1696 and 1973 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To improve their character, the author pleads with women to examine their behavior and to give up such traits as their coquetry and conceit
A serious proposal to the ladies by Mary Astell( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First work originally published: A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest. London : Printed for R. Wilkin, 1694; 2nd work originally published: A serious proposal to the ladies. Part II. London : Printed for R. Wilkin, 1697
The first English feminist : reflections upon marriage and other writings by Mary Astell( Book )

17 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An essay in defence of the female sex : in which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. : in a letter to a lady by Mary Astell( Book )

24 editions published between 1696 and 1970 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections upon marriage by Mary Astell( )

22 editions published between 1706 and 2016 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six familiar essays upon marriage, crosses in love, sickness, death, loyalty and friendship by Mary Astell( Book )

14 editions published between 1696 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A serious proposal to the ladies by Mary Astell( Book )

16 editions published between 1694 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La contribución de Mary Astell (1666-1731) al debate filosófico, político y social en los inicios de la Ilustración es notable al interpelar a figuras de la talla de Descartes, Locke y Defoe en sus escritos en torno a la capacidad intelectual y la educación femeninas. La erudición, la ironía y el pragmatismo de sus planteamientos hacen de los escritos de esta autora una referencia indispensable en la historia del pensamiento que inspira posteriormente al movimiento feminista. En esta edición publicamos los dos textos fundamentales de Astell: "Una proposición formal para las damas" (1694) y "Algunas reflexiones sobre el matrimonio" (1700), en una cuidada edición de María Luisa Pascual
The Christian religion as profess'd by a daughter of the Church of England by Mary Astell( )

17 editions published between 1705 and 1992 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some reflections upon marriage, : occasion'd by the Duke & Dutchess of Mazarine's case; which is also consider'd by Mary Astell( )

7 editions published between 1700 and 1980 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A serious proposal to the ladies. wherein a method is offer'd for the improvement of their minds by Mary Astell( )

11 editions published between 1697 and 1983 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moderation, truly stated: or, A review of a late pamphlet, entitul'd, Moderation a verture. With a prefatory discourse to Dr. D'Aveanant, concerning his late Essays on peace and war by Mary Astell( )

16 editions published between 1704 and 2016 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bart'lemy fair: or, An enquiry after wit; in which due respect is had to a Letter concerning enthusiasm, to by Lord *** by Mary Astell( )

14 editions published between 1709 and 2005 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An impartial enquiry into the causes of rebellion and civil war in this kingdom: in an examination of Dr. Kennett's sermon, Jan. 31. 1703/4 by Mary Astell( )

16 editions published between 1704 and 2018 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An enquiry after wit: wherein the trifling arguing and impious raillery of the late Earl of Shaftsbury, in his Letter concerning enthusiasm, ... are fully answer'd by Mary Astell( )

13 editions published between 1722 and 2005 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A serious proposal to the ladies
Alternative Names
Astell, Mary 1666-1731

Daughter of the Church of England.

Daughter of the Church of England 1668-1731

Drake, Judith 1668-1731

Lady 1668-1731

Lover of her sex.

Lover of her sex 1668-1731

Mary Astell Brits schrijfster

Mary Astell Brits schrijver

Mary Astell englische Feministin, Rhetorikerin, Philosophin

Mr. Wotton.

Mr. Wotton 1668-1731

Single, Tom.

Single, Tom 1668-1731

Wotton 1668-1731 Mr

Wotton, Mr., 1668-1731

Эстел, Мэри

אסטל, מרי 1668-1731

מרי אסטל

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Languages
English (531)

German (2)

French (2)

Spanish (2)

Italian (1)

Covers
The celebrated Mary Astell : an early English feministMary Astell : theorist of freedom from dominationThe eloquence of Mary AstellMary Astell and John Norris : letters concerning the love of God