Mary Robinson: Vancenza; or, The Dangers of Credulity

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Mary Robinson published her first novel, Vancenza, with John Bell in 1792. Like the six novels that followed, Vancenza explores radical political and feminist philosophy that is in line with Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and Thomas Paine. In Vancenza Robinson shows that having an enlightened mind supplants aristocratic privilege and that garnering an independent income is preferable to living under aristocratic patronage. Additionally, Vancenza explores the significance of maternally transmitted texts as didactic tools that irrevocably shape children’s futures.

Vancenza was a popular success, going through five editions by 1794, and was translated into French, German, and Dutch. Between …

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Vernooy, Dawn. "Vancenza; or, The Dangers of Credulity". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 December 2011
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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