Female Romantics no myth

August 27, 2015

Jane Darcy is wrong when she says that only two chapters in my book, 30 Great Myths about the Romantics, concern women (Books, 6 August). In addition to that on women writers generally, there are others preoccupied with Jane Austen, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Byron and women, Byron and his half-sister, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In addition, the chapters on, for instance, inspiration, free love and the Romantics as rock stars and as solitary geniuses all consider women writers alongside their male counterparts. Women writers are discussed in other chapters besides, as well as in the introduction.

Duncan Wu
Georgetown University

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