Margaret the FirsteBook - 2016
One of both Flavorwire and The Millions Most Anticipated Books of 2016Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. The eccentric Margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when being a writer" was not an option open to women. As one of the Queen's attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. As the English Civil War raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career. After the War, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was Mad Madge," an original tabloid celebrity. Yet Margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution and the last for another two hundred years. Margaret the First is very much a contemporary novel set in the past. Written with lucid precision and sharp cuts through time, it is a gorgeous and wholly new narrative approach to imagining the life of a historical woman.
Publisher: [United States] : Catapult : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
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Characteristics: 1 online resource