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The Resource Margaret the First

Margaret the First

Label
Margaret the First
Title
Margaret the First
Statement of responsibility
Danielle Dutton
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Language
eng
Summary
'I am as Ambitious as ever any of my Sex was, is, or can be; though I cannot be Henry the Fifth, or Charles the Second, yet I endeavour to be Margaret the First.' When Margaret Cavendish addressed the Royal Society in 1667, Samuel Pepys recorded that her dress was 'so antic and her deportment so unordinary, that I do not like her at all'. And indeed, here vividly brought to life by Danielle Dutton, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional duchess is wholly 'unordinary', and all the better for it. Exiled to Paris at the start of the English Civil War, Margaret meets and marries William Cavendish and, with his encouragement, begins publishing volumes of poetry and philosophy, which soon become the talk of London. After the Restoration, upon their return to England, Margaret's infamy grows. She causes controversy wherever she goes, once attending the theatre with breasts bared, and earns herself the nickname 'Mad Madge'. Yet while scorned by many, to others Margaret is a visionary, and to later readers — including Virginia Woolf — she was to become an early precursor of feminism. She was the first woman invited to the Royal Society — and the last for 200 years — and the first Englishwoman to write explicitly for publication. Unjustly neglected by history, Margaret the First — as she styled herself — was a bright, shining paradox. Here, she is brought intimately and memorably to life, tumbling pell-mell across the pages of this exhilarating novel — an 'unordinary' portrait of a woman whose ambitions, and marriage, were often centuries ahead of her time
Summary
Dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess whose husband encouraged her writing and desire for a career, which earned her fame and infamy in England
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10473210
Cataloging source
BT
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1975-
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Dutton, Danielle
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Margaret the First
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:15dcdc1a-1873-4e67-83f7-6e13190da8d1
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925307696
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Margaret the First
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:15dcdc1a-1873-4e67-83f7-6e13190da8d1
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925307696
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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