Virginia Woolf (essay date 1925)
SOURCE: "The Duchess of Newcastle," in Collected Essays, Vol. III, Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1925, pp. 51-8.
[A British novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Woolf is considered one of the most prominent literary figures of twentieth-century English literature. Concerned primarily with depicting the life of the mind, she revolted against traditional narrative techniques and developed her own highly individualized style. In the following essay, Woolf paints a sympathetic portrait of Margaret Cavendish as an intelligent though untutored woman attempting to leave a mark in a world that mocked any display of intellectual activity by women.]
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