Best known as a feminist theorist and polemicist, MA
is also a fine poet and an energetic and funny controversialist on the political affairs of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. A High Anglican...
Astell alleges a specific provocation for it: she had just been reading the duchess's memoirs, a case-study of a bad marriage, in which both sides were to blame.
Perry, Ruth. The Celebrated Mary Astell: An Early English Feminist. University of Chicago Press, 1986.