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The Blazing World and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 31 Mar 1994

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (31 Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140433724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140433722
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623 - 1673). A Royalist during English Civil War, Margaret Lucas was Maid of Honor to Queen Henrietta Maria from 1643 to 1645. She wrote a total of fourteen works on a broad selection of topics: scientific and philosophical treatises, science fiction, a biography, an autobiography, essays, letters, poetry, "orations", and several plays.


Kate Lilley was born in Perth. She completed her doctorate on Masculine Elegy at the University of London and went on to postdoctoral research at St Hilda's College, Oxford as the Julia Mann Junior Research Fellow. She now teaches Literary History and Critical Theory at the University of Sydney. She has published many essays on contemporary Australian and American poetry, especially the work of John Tranter, and on 17th century women's writing.


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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2009
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Margaret Cavendish was an eccentric and nothing shows that more clearly than her Utopian fantasy A Blazing World. Drawing self-consciously on More and other male writers, she creates what has been called a 'feminist' Utopia, although I'm not sure in what this consists other than the fact that its written by a woman.

Full of strange hybrid men-animals (including the talking worm men) this showcases the breadth of Cavendish's reading (science, astronomy, medicine, philosophy) but muddles it all up and turns into something close to science fiction.

Cavendish also writes herself into this mad world when she is brought to be the best platonic friend of the empress, and includes her husband in what might be the first disembodied threesome in English fiction...

Completely mad and yet somehow completely compelling, this is worth reading as part of the canon of Early Modern female writers alongside Mary Wroth and Aphra Behn. Fun, distinctive and eccentric.
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A collection of the fantastic fiction of Princess Margaret of Newcastle, Imperiatrix of worlds! Whilst Lady Margaret herself is an essential component of English litterature, this version unfortunatly concentrates on her less-polished "witty" fantastic pieces, & not enough on the philosophical buildup that terminates in her tremendous Blazing World.
The Lady herself is worth VI stars!
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I thought that getting a Penguin edition would give me a quality edition but as I read I frequently find typos and incorrect words such as 'the' instead of 'die', 'diem' instead of 'them'. Cleary these missed the proof reading... However the notes are useful and easy to access as reading.
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Engaging and intellectually stimulating tales from a prolific author, philosopher, poet and scientist. The centerpiece of the collection, 'The Blazing World' defies restrictions of genre, brilliantly combining Cavendish's formidable imagination with her scientific and philosophical sensibilities.
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Hard to read at first but once you get into it you realise this woman had real passion and imagination. Fantastic for a 17thc woman to write science fiction.
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