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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

There is more on Margaret Cavendish’s attitudes towards controversy in the Editor’s Introduction for Thomas Hobbes’ A Briefe of the Art of Rhetorique (1637). See Part I of the digital edition, Lib. Cat. No. THOB1637.

Cavendish was the target of a battle-of-the-books initiated by Susan Du Verger, and Cavendish mentions the controversy with Du Verger in her Philosophical Letters. Du Verger’s polemic is also available as an original She-philosopher.​com e-publication. See the digital edition, Lib. Cat. No. SDUV1657.

For more about forthcoming projects planned for this website, see the PREVIEWS section.

First Published:  March 2013
Revised (substantive):  9 May 2021

Under Construction

S O R R Y,  but this e-publication page— with an HTML transcript of 3 epistles prefixed to Margaret Cavendish’s book of controversy, Philosophical Letters (1664), wherein she used the epistolary format to create a space for safe scholarly debate of cosmological matters, differentiated from the sort of religious & political polemic she and her husband both deplored — is still under construction.

17th-century head-piece showing six boys with farm tools, by Wenceslaus Hollar

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that you will return to check on its progress another time.

If you have specific questions relating to’s ongoing research projects, contact the website editor.

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