Hester Chapone (1727-1801) was a British writer and advocate of
women's education who is best known as the author of one of the
most popular conduct books for women in the late eighteenth and
early nineteenth centuries. Self-educated in French, Latin and
Greek, Chapone published much of her work after the death of her
husband in 1761. Her firm belief in the right of women to lead
emotionally and intellectually fulfilled lives was much praised by
contemporary feminists. These volumes, first published posthumously
in 1807, contain a biography and a series of unpublished letters
from Chapone to her friends. Her letters to her friend Samuel
Richardson concerning the rights of women in marriage and women's
education illustrate her strong views concerning these subjects,
with this volume's other letters and her biography providing
further valuable insights into her character. Volume 1 contains her
letters to Eliza Carter.
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