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The Blazing World and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)

The Blazing World and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)
Author: Margaret Cavendish
ISBN 13: 9780140433722
ISBN 10: 140433724
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $17.00

Flamboyant, theatrical, exuding, ambiguous sexuality, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was one of the seventeenth century's most striking figures, experimental in her personality as much as in her prolific writings. Both "The Contract" and "Assaulted and Pursued Chastity" are romances which play out the empowering possibilities of disguise or masking for women. The centerpiece of his collection is "The Blazing World," the only known Utopian fiction and extravagant portrayal of the rise of a woman to absolute power.