DescriptionMary Shelley: Lodore First Edition. (London: Richard Bentley, 1835), first edition, three volumes, Volume I: 300 pages, Volume II: 297 pages, Volume III: 311 pages, rebound banded black half-leather with marbled boards, 12mo (4.75" x 7.25"). This set is about fine, with only very minor shelf wear to the corners, edges, and spines.
Lodore dissects aristocratic values to demonstrate that ultimately they are detrimental to both the individual and society. In their stead, the novel proposes egalitarian educational paradigms for women and men, which would bring social justice as well as the spiritual and intellectual means by which to meet the life's many challenges. Although it was lost on reviewers, in the contemporary setting of the novel, the home becomes a paradigm for the state. The lives of its inhabitants are conditioned by familial and social education that conduct the individual either to a world of benevolence and mutual care or to one of conflict and mutual destruction. As with her other novels, reviewers of Lodore, by and large, ignored Mary Shelley's exploration of power and politics and confined her subject to the "secrets of the human heart." (From Betty Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction).
Richard Garnett described Lodore as "remarkable for being...a veiled autobiography. The whole story of the hero and heroine's privations in London is a reminiscence of the winter of 1813. Harriet Shelley appears much idealized as Cornelia, and her sister's baneful influence over her is impersonated in the figure of a mother-in-law, Lady Santerre. By it Lodore is driven to America as Shelley to the continent. Emilia Viviani is also portrayed, probably with accuracy." From the Betty Bennett Collection.
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