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Emily Sunstein on Mary Wollstonecraft

In a Charles Ruas interview for WBAI in the mid-seventies, Emily Sunstein discusses her biography on Mary Wollstonecraft, A different Face. Sunstein explains her subject's life long battle for independence in mid 18th century Britain. Wollstonecraft refused to marry for dependence, had intellectual ambition, found joy in a child born out of wedlock, authored the first feminism book of its kind, and finally found love and equality in a late marriage. She died after complications during childbirth of a daughter, the author Mary Shelley. Ruas explores the biographer's personal connection with Wollstonecraft as a political activist, writer, and progressive woman searching for happiness.

This program is provided by agreement with the Pacifica Radio Archives and has been re-produced for radio by Clocktower Productions.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.