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PUB.UNIT PRESENTS Reading with Danielle Dutton
Author Danielle Dutton will read from her novel Margaret the First. About the Book Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. The eccentric Margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when ?being a writer? was not an option open to women. As one of the Queen?s attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. As the English Civil War raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career. After the War, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was ?Mad Madge,? an original tabloid celebrity. Yet Margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London?a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution?and the last for another two hundred years. Margaret the First is very much a contemporary novel set in the past, rather than ?historical fiction.? Written with lucid precision and sharp cuts through narrative time, it is a gorgeous and wholly new narrative approach to imagining the life of a historical woman. About the Author Danielle Dutton?s fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper?s, BOMB, Fence, and Noon. She is the author of Attempts at a Life, SPRAWL (a finalist for the Believer Book Award), and the novel Margaret the First. In 2015, Siglio Press released Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, an artist?s book with texts by Dutton and images by Richard Kraft. Dutton holds a PhD from the University of Denver, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before joining the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, she taught in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa and was the book designer at Dalkey Archive Press. In 2010, Dutton founded the small press Dorothy, a publishing project, which publishes two fiction books by women each year.