The Blazing World and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 31 Mar 1994
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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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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.
The Lady herself is worth VI stars!
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An amazing collection of stories especially as they have been written in such an incredible era,I enjoyed reading them.Published 2 months ago by godfrey mills
Bought as a present so I cannot comment on the contents but the recipient liked it!Published 6 months ago by Fazmam
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