Mad Madge

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For a seventeenth-century Englishwoman, Margaret (Lucas) Cavendish did the unprecedented --she published her writing. 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. ...

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Overview

For a seventeenth-century Englishwoman, Margaret (Lucas) Cavendish did the unprecedented --she published her writing. 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 brought out 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.A lively biography and a window on the tumultuous cultural life of the seventeenth century, Mad Madge reveals there may well have been a "Judith Shakespeare" centuries before Virginia Woolf exhorted women to find "a room of one's own." Katie Whitaker draws on the extensive collection of Margaret's letters and legal papers to draw a vibrant and complete picture of the pioneering "Mad Madge."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780465091614
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/21/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.32 (d)

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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