Mary Wollstonecraft Mystery, No 2
Nancy Means Wright
Sept 2011 /ISBN 978-1564745095
Historical Mystery / England 1792
by Barbara Buhrer
Mary Wollstonecraft's first edition of her "Vindication of
the Rights of Women" was a spectacular success. Her publisher
is awaiting the second part. In the meantime she has become a member
of a group of authors and artists who are filled with revolutionary
ideas. She becomes infatuated with artist Henry Fuselli, who created
the famous erotic masterpiece, The Nightmare. Fuselli thinks his
rival, Roger Peale, has stolen his masterpiece, and has Peale imprisoned
in Newgate Prison. Peale declares his innocence and refuses to confess.
The strangled corpse of Mrs, Frothingham is found posed as the model
in The Nightmare. Fuselli is suspected. Mary rushes to his defense
and sets out to find the murderer.
This is a fast paced plot set in the circle of famous authors and
artists, giving a picture of this group in society with its revolutionary
ideas. Mary is an intelligent, proud and strong woman who becomes
one of the most outstanding women of her time.
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The Nightmare, No 2 [review]