Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

By Megan Marshall

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

"Thoroughly soaking up, vigorous . . . Fuller, so misunderstood in existence, richly merits the nuanced, compassionate portrait Marshall paints." — Boston Globe

Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan Marshall recounts the trailblazing lifetime of Margaret Fuller: Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s shut buddy, bold struggle correspondent, tragic heroine. After her premature loss of life in a shipwreck off fireplace Island, the feel and keenness of her life’s paintings have been eclipsed by means of scandal. Marshall’s encouraged narrative brings her again to indelible life.

Whether detailing her front-page New-York Tribune editorials opposed to bad stipulations within the city’s prisons and psychological hospitals, or illuminating her late-in-life starvation for passionate experience—including a mystery affair with a tender officer within the Roman Guard—Marshall’s biography provides the main thorough and compassionate view of a rare girl. No biography of Fuller has made her principles so alive or her existence so moving.

“Megan Marshall’s extraordinary Margaret Fuller brings us as shut as we're ever more likely to get to this miraculous creature. She rushes out at us from her 19th century, continuously a number of steps forward, inspiring, heartbreaking, magnificent.” — Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, writer of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity


"Shaping her narrative like a unique, Marshall brings the reader as shut as attainable to Fuller’s internal lifestyles and conveys the inspirational energy she has completed for a number of generations of women." — New Republic

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Groton nights have been for research and writing—at first basically letters. Margaret may possibly sprint off greater than a dozen at one sitting as she labored to safe her connections with buddies who all too frequently disillusioned her once they came around. Her lifestyles used to be now so assorted from theirs. in the course of her first 12 months at Groton, her pal Amelia Greenwood’s engagement “seems to have replaced our relation to at least one another,” Margaret wrote bluntly. as soon as married, Amelia was once “entirely absorbed”: “All her concepts now revolve round one centre”—her new husband.

289. [>] “full of indirections”: JMNVIII, p. 289. [>] “a nice genius”: JMNVIII, p. 352. [>] “I think”: FLII, p. one hundred fifty. [>] taken to calling “Raphael”: FLII, p. forty nine. [>] “gone quite a bit” . . . “a cheerful song”: FLII, p. 171. [>] “How did you”: FLII, p. ninety. [>] “You might not”: FLII, pp. 80–81. [>] “bitterness of checked”: FLII, p. eighty one. [>] “incapable of feeling”: FLII, p. ninety. [>] “We knew”: FLII, p. eighty one. [>] may “spoil” him: FLII, p. ninety one. [>] “You have given”: FLII, p. ninety one. [>] “star of stars”: FLII, p. forty seven. [>] “I understand”: FLII, p.

A few ladies attempted imitating Margaret’s half-shut eyes and routine slouch, within the obvious trust that mimicking her mannerisms could allow them to “know as a lot Greek as she did. ” while others saw her trick of changing her lengthy hooded cloak to be used as a satchel to hold domestic the armloads of books she borrowed on the neighborhood subscription library, hoisting them over her shoulder for the trek again to Dana Hill, they begged their moms to shop for them hooded cloaks in order that they may well do a similar. From her gang of adorers, Margaret selected specific favorites: Amelia Greenwood and Almira Penniman, Ellen Sturgis and Elizabeth Randall.

383. [>] “a extra simple”: Quoted in Sterling F. Delano, Brook Farm: The darkish facet of Utopia (Cambridge: Harvard college Press, 2004), p. 34. [>] “simple earnestness”: FLII, p. one zero one. [>] “I used to be no longer”: Ednah Dow Cheney, memories (Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1902), p. 205. [>] “the club”: ELII, p. 293. [>] “when once”: JMNXI, p. 476–77, and FLII, pp. 101–2. [>] “denationalize” and next quotations from 1841 starting Conversations: Caroline W. Healey Dall, Margaret and Her associates (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1895), pp.

Her middle” . . . “I hurry”: JMNXI, pp. 257, 258. [>] “pages so rich”: Quoted in CFII, p. 514. [>] “O nonetheless candy summer”: C. P. Cranch, “On the loss of life of Margaret Fuller Ossoli,” “From the Tribune,” undated newspaper clipping c. August 1850, bMS Am 1086 (misc. ) B, FMW. In later models of the poem “dear” was once amended to “drear,” and the identify used to be replaced to “Margaret Fuller Ossoli,” as in At domestic and in a foreign country, p. 436. [>] “How characteristic”: Quoted in VM, p. 339. [>] “The waves”: Quoted in VM, p. 339. [>] “I needs to” .

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