The Blazing World And Other Writings

Paperback | October 1, 1994

byMargaret CavendishEditorKate LilleyIntroduction byKate Lilley

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The Blazing World is a highly original work: part Utopian fiction, part feminist text, it tells of a lady shipwrecked on the Blazing World where she is made Empress and uses her power to ensure that it is free of war, religious division and unfair sexual discrimination. This volume also includes The Contract, a romance in which love and law work harmoniously together, and Assaulted and Pursued Chastity, which explores the power and freedom a woman can achieve in the disguise of a man.

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 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was one of the 17th century’s most controversial and popular figures. Colourful, melodramatic and sexually ambiguous, her writing was as inventive and full of flair as her personality. The Blazing World constitutes the only known Utopian fiction written by a woman of her era and depicts a worl...

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The Blazing World is a highly original work: part Utopian fiction, part feminist text, it tells of a lady shipwrecked on the Blazing World where she is made Empress and uses her power to ensure that it is free of war, religious division and unfair sexual discrimination. This volume also includes The Contract, a romance in which love an...

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’’The whole story of this Lady is a romance, and all she doth is romantic’ —PepysFlamboyant, theatrical, exuding ambiguous sexuality, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was one of the seventeeth century’s most striking figures, experimental in her personality as much as in her prolific writings.Both ’The Contract’ and ’Assaulted...

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, essay...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140433724

ISBN - 13:9780140433722

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was one of the 17th century’s most controversial and popular figures. Colourful, melodramatic and sexually ambiguous, her writing was as inventive and full of flair as her personality. The Blazing World constitutes the only known Utopian fiction written by a woman of her era and depicts a world where a matriarch rises to the position of absolute power. ‘The Contract’ and ‘Assaulted and Pursued Chastity’ explore the possibilities of disguise for women in a male oriented world. Fascinating reading, Cavendish’s vivacity and love for life shines from this collection of short fiction.