Mad Madge: The Extraordinary Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, the First Woman to Live by Her Pen

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Margaret Cavendish's life as a writer and noblewoman unfolded against the backdrop of the English Civil War and Restoration. Pursuing the only career open to women of her class, she became a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Henrietta Maria. Exiled to Paris with the Queen, she met and married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle. In exile, Margaret did something unthinkable for a seventeenth-century Englishwoman: she lived proudly as a writer. Eventually she published twenty-three volumes, starting with Poems and ...
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Overview


Margaret Cavendish's life as a writer and noblewoman unfolded against the backdrop of the English Civil War and Restoration. Pursuing the only career open to women of her class, she became a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Henrietta Maria. Exiled to Paris with the Queen, she met and married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle. In exile, Margaret did something unthinkable for a seventeenth-century Englishwoman: she lived proudly as a writer. Eventually she published twenty-three volumes, starting with Poems and Fancies, the first book of English poetry published by a woman under her own name. But later generations too easily accepted the disparaging opinions of her shocked critics, and labeled her "Mad Madge of Newcastle."Mad Madge is both a lively biography of a fascinating woman and a window on a tumultuous cultural time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465091645
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/20/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,251,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author


Katie Whitaker received an MA in philosophy from the University of Chicago. She received a Ph.D. in the history of science at Cambridge, where she was awarded the Thirlwall Prize and Medal in 1997 for the best original historical research by a Cambridge scholar under thirty. She lives in Yorkshire, England.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue
1 The Lucases of St. John's 1
2 Childhood Ambitions, 1623-1642 14
3 The Coming of War, 1642 33
4 A Lady at Court, 1643-1645 45
5 The Marquess and the Queen, 1645 61
6 Parisian Wife, 1646-1648 81
7 Dutch Scholar, 1648-1651 104
8 Poet and Petitioner, 1651-1653 133
9 Writer in Exile, 1653-1655 160
10 Satirist and Storyteller, 1655-1658 188
11 Restoration, 1658-1662 219
12 Revisions and Controversies, 1663-1667 249
13 The Talk of the Town, 1667 288
14 Queen of Philosophers, 1667-1673 303
Epilogue 347
List of Abbreviations 361
Notes and Sources 363
Bibliography 393
Index 407
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