Sociable Letters (Broadview Edition Series) / Edition 1

Sociable Letters (Broadview Edition Series) / Edition 1

by Margaret Cavendish
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551115581

ISBN-13: 9781551115580

Pub. Date: 06/29/2004

Publisher: Broadview Press

The writings of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, are remarkable for their vivid depiction of the mores and mentality of seventeenth-century England. This edition includes all of Cavendish’s Sociable Letters (1664), a collection of writings that comments on a wide range of aspects of seventeenth-century society, such as war and peace, science

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The writings of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, are remarkable for their vivid depiction of the mores and mentality of seventeenth-century England. This edition includes all of Cavendish’s Sociable Letters (1664), a collection of writings that comments on a wide range of aspects of seventeenth-century society, such as war and peace, science and medicine, English and Classical literatures, and social issues such as choosing a spouse, married life, infidelity, divorce, and the option of women not to marry.

This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a valuable selection of primary documents that situate Margaret Cavendish and Sociable Letters within the context of English letter writing and other early women writers. Appendices include the letters Cavendish wrote during her courtship with William Cavendish; letters by two family members, Elizabeth Cavendish Egerton and Christiana Cavendish; letters written by Aphra Behn, Dorothy Osborne, and Angel Day; and an essay by Francis Bacon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551115580
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
06/29/2004
Series:
Broadview Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Margaret Cavendish: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Sociable Letters

Appendix A: The Context of Family

  1. Letters from Margaret Lucas to William Cavendish and Selections from his Poems in Reply (1645)
  2. A Letter from Elizabeth Cavendish Egerton to Jane Cavendish Cheyne (1659)
  3. Letters from Christiana Cavendish, Countess of Devonshire, to William Cavendish (1630s)

Appendix B: The Context of Women’s Letters

  1. Letters from Dorothy Osborne to William Temple
  2. Letters from Aphra Behn to John Hoyle

Appendix C: The Context of English Letter Writing and the English Essay

  1. From Angel Day, The English Secretary
  2. Francis Bacon, “Of Marriage and the Single Life”

Bibliography

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