Mary Robinson: Vancenza; or, The Dangers of Credulity (1786 words)

Dawn Vernooy (Shippensburg University)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error


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 …

Citation: Vernooy, Dawn. "Vancenza; or, The Dangers of Credulity". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 December 2011 [, accessed 24 June 2021.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here