Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Poems and Fancies with The Animal Parliament

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Poems and Fancies with The Animal Parliament

Edited by Brandie R. Siegfried

462 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.20 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780866985932
  • Published: July 2018

$59.95

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Margaret Cavendish released her Poems and Fancies during a brief reprieve from exile, and at a time when international conversations on questions regarding science, mathematics, and metaphysics significantly advanced the state of knowledge across Britain and Europe despite war and political turmoil. This volume offers the first complete modernized version of the third edition of Cavendish’s book, including prefaces and dedications, all 274 poems on nature’s various avatars, interludes and masques, and the final prose parable, The Animal Parliament. Cavendish offers views on physics, chemistry, algebraic geometry, medicine, political philosophy, ethics, psychology, and animal intelligence, as she develops her own theory of vital matter within the scope of nature’s ordering principles.

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