- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted September 23, 2004
Throughout history, it has been very difficult to find writings by women, whatever the subjects of these writings. A scarcity that presisted typically till the end of the 19th century and the advent of industrialisation and universal education for both sexes. So what prior female writings that do exist are often distinguished by their mere existence. Like the essays of Margaret Cavendish, who lived in 17th century Britain. There have been other studies of her, but on her poetry and fiction. What James shows here is Cavendish's political bent. The book reproduces the full text of many of these essays. Fascinating reading. Cavendish was clearly an eloquent and facile writer. Plus the times in which she lived were turbulent. Her husband was a prominent Royalist in the Civil War, and they had to flee to Europe afterwards. In several essays, we see her Royalist sentiments most explicitly. Clearly, the years in exile must have torn at her, even if some of these years were self imposed, unlike for her husband. The wording in the essays is virtually modern English, with just a smattering of thou's and hath's. Much easier to read than Shakespeare, even though he was only a century hence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.