Mad Madge

Mad Madge

The Extraordinary Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, the First Woman to Live by Her Pen

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the life of an Englishwoman who published twenty-three volumes of poetry and fiction, under her own name, during the seventeenth-century.

Perseus Publishing
For a seventeenth-century Englishwoman, Margaret (Lucas) Cavendish did the unprecedented --she published her writing. Her extraordinary life unfolded during the English Civil Wars, when she was exiled to Paris and Antwerp as a Royalist seeking refuge from Cromwell's England, and later as mistress of her husband's estate in Newcastle after the restoration of the monarchy. In exile, she began to write and publish her poetry and essays, influenced by a Royalist cultural world that included Hobbes and Descartes. Despite the scandal her writing life caused, she eventually brought out thirteen books, ranging from Poems and Fancies, the first book of poetry published by a woman under her own name, to Blazing World, the first science fiction by a woman.A lively biography and a window on the tumultuous cultural life of the seventeenth century, Mad Madge reveals there may well have been a "Judith Shakespeare" centuries before Virginia Woolf exhorted women to find "a room of one's own." Katie Whitaker draws on the extensive collection of Margaret's letters and legal papers to draw a vibrant and complete picture of the pioneering "Mad Madge."

The engrossing life story of Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle--the seventeenth-century Englishwoman who was famous, and infamous, for daring to pursue a career as a published writer

Book News
Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) defied social conventions by publishing 23 works of poetry, fiction, drama, and philosophy at a time when only men were supposed to publish their works. Many of her contemporaries responded by labeling her eccentric, or possibly mad. This biography of Cavendish seeks to rescue her reputation and celebrate her accomplishments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
For a seventeenth-century Englishwoman, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, did the unthinkable - she dared to publish and to live proudly as an writer. And despite the scandal her writing life caused, she eventually published twenty-three volumes, ranging from Poems and Fancies, the first book of English poetry published by a woman under her own name, to The Blazing World, the first work of science fiction by a woman. But she ended up labeled "Mad Madge of Newcastle" by later generations who too easily accepted the disparaging opinions of her shocked critics, who had portrayed her as nothing more than a bizarre eccentric. Now in Mad Madge, Katie Whitaker rescues Margaret from this caricature, and gives us a complete picture as she really was - an imaginative, ambitious and pioneering woman.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780465091614
Branch Call Number: B NEW
Characteristics: xv, 416 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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