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Prefatory Note

ByJanet Todd, Marilyn Butler, Emma Rees-Mogg

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (London, Joseph Johnson, 1792). This work appeared in two editions in 1792; the second was reprinted in 1796. Wollstonecraft’s use of the singular generic ‘woman, follows Thomas Paine, Rights of Man: being an answer to Mr. Burke’s attack on the French Revolution (1791). This text is the second edition, with substantive variants from the first recorded. These indicate a slight increase in security of authorship and a more definite acceptance of equality between the sexes, different only in physical strength and similar in their need for moral improvement. Wollstonecraft met Talleyrand in London between the two imprints.