The Blazing World and Other Writings


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First published in 1666, "The Blazing World", is both one of the first novels written in English and one of the earliest works of science fiction. This utopian classic, by Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, is also one of the earliest works by an English woman. Cavendish was an outspoken feminist, at a time when such ideas were virtually unheard of, and a pioneering advocate for a more modern view of gender roles and equality. "The Blazing World" is a surreal and experimental work that describes a fanciful and ...

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