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Description - Mad Madge by Katie Whitaker

"The biographer's true gifts shine. Rarely has a distant century felt so immediate, its quirks and glories so vivid."-- Washington Times . Margaret Cavendish's life as a writer and noblewoman unfolded against the backdrop of the English Civil War and Restoration. Pursuing the only career open to women of her class, she became a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Henrietta Maria. Exiled to Paris with the Queen, she met and married William Cavendish, Marquis of Newcastle. In exile, Margaret did something unthinkable for a seventeenth-century Englishwoman: she lived proudly as a writer. Eventually she published twenty-three volumes, starting with Poems and Fancies , the first book of English poetry published by a woman under her own name. But later generations too easily accepted the disparaging opinions of her shocked critics, and labeled her "Mad Madge of Newcastle." Mad Madge is both a lively biography of a fascinating woman and a window on a tumultuous cultural time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465091645
ISBN-10: 0465091644
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Katie Whitaker

Katie Whitaker received an MA in philosophy from the University of Chicago. She received a Ph.D. in the history of science at Cambridge, where she was awarded the Thirlwall Prize and Medal in 1997 for the best original historical research by a Cambridge scholar under thirty. She lives in Yorkshire, England.

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