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Scandalous women in British history

Writer Mary Wollstonecraft was famous for defending women's rights, as well as for her unconventional personal life. A frank biography published by her husband William Godwin after her death, which revealed, among other things, that she had borne a child out of wedlock, provoked outrage.


EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN Settee, circa 1872-1875


In 1888 Whistler married E. W. Godwin's widow, Beatrix. The Whistlers moved to Paris in 1893 but two years later were back in England. Trixie, as his wife was called, died of cancer in 1896. After her death, Whistler maintained studios in both Paris and London. He died in London on July 17, 1903. Read more:

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William Godwin's birthday

William Godwin did not make a note of birthdays in his journal, but he did note over three hundred deaths. (Image Wikimedia) #birthday #WilliamGodwin #journal


William Godwin was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism, and the first modern proponent of anarchism. Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, which attacks aristocratic privilege, but also is the first mystery novel.


William Godwin quotes #openquotes

"He that loves reading has everything within his reach." - William Godwin

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Edward William Godwin

"He that loves reading has everything in his reach." - William Godwin