Margaret Cavendish

(1623 - 1673)

A Royalist who went into exile during the English Civil War, Margaret Cavendish moved back to England after the Restoration began in 1660, having already made a name as an outré writer. The Blazing World, published in 1666, is both a romance novel and a precursor to modern science fiction stories. “There is something noble and quixotic and high-spirited,” Virginia Woolf wrote about Cavendish in The Common Reader, “as well as crack-brained and bird-witted about her.”

All Writing

Memory is like the moon, which hath its new, its full, and its wane.

—Margaret Cavendish, 1655

Voices In Time

1662 | England

Brain Distrust

Margaret Cavendish bemoans the limits of the drowsy world.More

Voices In Time

1653 | London

Brain Food

“Quick wit squeez’d into it.”More

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