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Margaret Cavendish, who was by marriage a great lady, wrote in the seventeenth century primarily to please herself and her husband, who was an enthusiast for her writing; they took pleasure in her publishing as well as her writing. Her works (scientific speculations, poems, plays, speeches, biography and autobiography) were issued in handsome folio volumes, with her name and some honorific description, primarily for presentation more than for sale. Two women printers published works by her. Bibliographic Citation link.
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Probably 1623 Margaret Lucas (later Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle) was born, the youngest (by six years) of a family of eight. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1653 Margaret Cavendish, Marchioness of Newcastle, in London on her exiled husband's business, published her first book: Poems, and Fancies. Bibliographic Citation link.
1664 Margaret Cavendish, Marchioness of Newcastle, issued a second edition of her first work, Poems, and Phancies; "much Altered and Corrected," as the title-page promises. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1667 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, published The Life of . . . William Cavendishe, Duke . . . of Newcastle . . .. Bibliographic Citation link.
1668 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, included five new works in Plays Never before Printed. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 December 1673 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, died suddenly at Welbeck, probably from the chronic stomach ailments which her purging and avoidance of exercise may have hastened. Bibliographic Citation link.
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