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Mad Madge : the extraordinary life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, the first woman to live by her pen

Author: Katie Whitaker
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume presents a biography of an English aristocrat, writer, and scientist Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623-1673). Her extraordinary life unfolded during the English Civil Wars, when she was exiled to Paris and Antwerp as a Royalist seeking refuge from Cromwell's England, and later as mistress of her husband's estate in Newcastle after the restoration of the monarchy. In exile, she
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Whitaker, Katie, 1967-
Mad Madge.
New York : Basic Books, ©2002
(OCoLC)606992878
Named Person: Margaret Cavendish Newcastle, Duchess of; Margaret Cavendish Newcastle, Duchess of; Margaret Cavendish of Newcastle
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katie Whitaker
ISBN: 046509161X 9780465091614
OCLC Number: 50006494
Description: xv, 416 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 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.
Responsibility: Katie Whitaker.
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This volume presents a biography of an English aristocrat, writer, and scientist Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623-1673). Her extraordinary life unfolded during the English Civil Wars, when she was exiled to Paris and Antwerp as a Royalist seeking refuge from Cromwell's England, and later as mistress of her husband's estate in Newcastle after the restoration of the monarchy. In exile, she began to write and publish her poetry and essays, influenced by a Royalist cultural world that included Hobbes and Descartes. Despite the scandal her writing life caused, she eventually wrote thirteen books, ranging from Poems and Fancies, the first book of poetry published by a woman under her own name, to Blazing World, the first science fiction by a woman.

"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."--Jacket.

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