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Series: NYRB Poets
ISBN: 9781681371580
Pages: 160
Publication Date: April 16, 2019

Margaret Cavendish

by Margaret Cavendish, edited and with an introduction by Michael Robbins


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Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own, “What a vision of loneliness and riot the thought of Margaret Cavendish brings to mind!” Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was a groundbreaking writer—a utopian visionary, a scientist, a science-fiction pioneer. She interacted with Thomas Hobbes and René Descartes, and she produced startlingly modern poems unlike anything else published in the seventeenth century for their mixture of scientific and proto-Blakean vision, their deep sympathy with the nonhuman world, and their feminist passion.