''The Convent of Pleasure'' and Other Plays / Edition 1

''The Convent of Pleasure'' and Other Plays / Edition 1

by Margaret Cavendish
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801861004

ISBN-13: 9780801861000

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673), until recently remembered more as a flamboyant eccentric than as a serious writer, was in fact the most prolific, thought-provoking, and original woman writer of the Restoration. Cavendish is the author of many poems, short stories, biographies, memoirs, letters, philosophical and scientific works (including

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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673), until recently remembered more as a flamboyant eccentric than as a serious writer, was in fact the most prolific, thought-provoking, and original woman writer of the Restoration. Cavendish is the author of many poems, short stories, biographies, memoirs, letters, philosophical and scientific works (including The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World, the first work of science fiction by a woman), and nineteen plays.

"The Convent of Pleasure" and Other Plays collects four of Cavendish's dramatic works that are among the most revealing of her attitudes toward marriage and her desire for fame. Loves Adventures (1662) centers on a woman succeeding in war and diplomacy by passing as a man. Similarly, the heroine of Bell in Campo (1662) rescues her husband at the head of an army of women in this tale of a marriage of near equals. The Convent of Pleasure (1668) proposes a separatist community of women and has received attention for its suggestion of lesbian sexuality. The Bridals (1662), a more typical restoration comedy satirizing marriage, rounds out the collection.

Edited with notes and annotation by Anne Shaver, "The Convent of Pleasure" and Other Plays also contains a timeline, biography and bibliography of the Duchess, an appreciation of Cavendish's life and work, and a bibliography of critical essays. Also included are all of Cavendish's epistles To the Reader as well as Other Preliminary Matter from Playes (1662), and Cavendish's original preface to Plays Never Before Printed (1668). A valuable collection from an extraordinary writer, "The Convent of Pleasure" and Other Plays raises important issues about women and gender.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801861000
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,111,992
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Note on Editorial Method
Introduction: Margaret Cavendish's Life as a Writer1
Loves Adventures. Play21
The Second Part of Loves Adventures65
The First Part of Bell in Campo107
The Second Part of Bell in Campo141
The Bridals. A Comedy171
The Convent of Pleasure. A Comedy217
Appendixes249
ADedicatory Poems and Author's Epistles Preceding the Texts in Playes, 1662253
BAn Introduction, 1662268
CEpistle Appended to Playes, 1662271
DAuthor's Epistle Preceding Plays Never Before Printed, 1668273
EErrata274
Selected Bibliography277

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