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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:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Whitaker, Katie, 1967-
Mad Madge.
New York : Basic Books, ©2002
(DLC) 2002008411
(OCoLC)50006494
Named Person: Margaret Cavendish Newcastle, Duchess of; Margaret Cavendish Newcastle, Duchess of; Margaret Cavendish of Newcastle
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Katie Whitaker
OCLC Number: 606992878
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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"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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