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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Whitaker, Katie, 1967-
New York : Basic Books, c2002
|Named Person:||Margaret Cavendish Newcastle, Duchess of; Margaret Cavendish of Newcastle|
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|Description:||xv, 416 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||The Lucases of St. John's --
Childhood ambitions, 1623-1642 --
The coming of war, 1642 --
A lady at court, 1643-1645 --
The marquess and the queen, 1645 --
Parisian wife, 1646-1648 --
Dutch scholar, 1648-1651 --
Poet and petitioner, 1651-1653 --
Writer in exile, 1653-1655 --
Satirist and storyteller, 1655-1658 --
Restoration, 1658-1662 --
Revisions and controversies, 1663-1667 --
The talk of the town, 1667 --
Queen of philosophers, 1667-1673.
"For a seventeenth-century Englishwoman, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, did the unthinkable - she dared to publish and to live proudly as an writer. And despite the scandal her writing life caused, she eventually published twenty-three volumes, ranging from Poems and Fancies, the first book of English poetry published by a woman under her own name, to The Blazing World, the first work of science fiction by a woman. But she ended up labeled "Mad Madge of Newcastle" by later generations who too easily accepted the disparaging opinions of her shocked critics, who had portrayed her as nothing more than a bizarre eccentric. Now in Mad Madge, Katie Whitaker rescues Margaret from this caricature, and gives us a complete picture as she really was - an imaginative, ambitious and pioneering woman."--BOOK JACKET.