Danielle Dutton’s MARGARET THE FIRST has published in the United Kingdom by Scribe UK.
MARGARET THE FIRST is based on seventeenth-century writer and polymath Margaret Cavendish, one of the first women to be published and a notoriously audacious and polarizing figure in her day.
As one of the Queen’s attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, Margaret was exiled at the overthrow of King Charles I in 1642. As the English Civil War raged on, Margaret spent the interregnum period in France and Belgium, marrying William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In sharp, stylized prose Dutton opens the private sphere of this odd and fascinating woman, her drive to write, and the singular marriage that enabled her success. Returning to England ten years later as a celebrated author, Cavendish was the first woman ever invited to the Royal Society of London, and the last for another 200 years.
Widely reviewed, The Times called it “Colourful and full of flavour, with a style often as eccentric as its subject…Margaret the First leaves us wanting more, both of Cavendish’ s life and [Dutton’ s] writing.”
Danielle Dutton is active in many parts of the literary community, notably as the founder of the publishing house Dorothy, which—for its impressive list and as well as innovative book design—has attracted the attention of The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Elle, Poets & Writers, Kirkus, and BOMB. She teaches fiction on the permanent faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, alongside Kathryn Davis, Carl Phillips, and Mary Jo Bang.