Margaret Cavendish


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in Essex, England
January 01, 1623

Died
December 15, 1673

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Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was the youngest child of a wealthy Essex family. At the age of 20 she became Maid of Honour to Queen Henrietta Maria and traveled with her into Persian exile in 1644. There she married William Cavendish, Marquis (later Duke) of Newcastle.

Between 1653 and 1668 she published many books on a wide variety of subjects, including many stories that are now regarded as some of the earliest examples of science fiction.

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The Blazing World and Other...

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3.27 avg rating — 611 ratings — published 1666 — 3 editions
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The Blazing World

2.95 avg rating — 556 ratings — published 1666 — 213 editions
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The Convent of Pleasure: A ...

3.42 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Paper Bodies: A Margaret Ca...

3.67 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2000
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The Convent of Pleasure and...

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Bell in Campo and the Socia...

3.56 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Observations Upon Experimen...

3.71 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1997 — 10 editions
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Assaulted and Pursued Chastity

3.52 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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Margaret Cavendish: Sociabl...

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Female Orations

4.50 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1662 — 2 editions
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“there is little difference between man and beast, but what ambition and glory makes.”
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

“I am not covetous, but as ambitious as ever any of my sex was, is, or can be; which makes, that though I cannot be Henry the Fifth, or Charles the Second, yet I endeavour to be Margaret the First; and although I have neither power, time, not occasion to conquer the world as Alexander and Caesar did; yet rather than not be mistress of one, since Fortune and Fates would give me none, I have made a world of my own; for which nobody, I hope, will blame me, since it is in everyone's power to do the like.”
Margaret Cavendish - Dutchess of Newcastle

“Women's Tongues are as sharp as two-edged Swords, and wound as much, when they are anger'd.”
Margaret Cavendish

Polls

March 2018 Short Story Poll

 
  69 votes, 19.3%

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, 25 pages, 1818
 
  37 votes, 10.4%

 
  35 votes, 9.8%

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 82 pages, 1848
 
  34 votes, 9.5%

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 101 pages, 1952
 
  34 votes, 9.5%

 
  26 votes, 7.3%

 
  24 votes, 6.7%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, 32 pages, 1894
 
  17 votes, 4.8%

Xingu by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1916
 
  15 votes, 4.2%

 
  13 votes, 3.6%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages, 1902
 
  12 votes, 3.4%

 
  11 votes, 3.1%

 
  10 votes, 2.8%

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