Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

  • Publish Date: 2014-03-04
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Megan Marshall
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

"Thoroughly absorbing, lively . . . Fuller, so misunderstood in life, richly deserves the nuanced, compassionate portrait Marshall paints." Boston Globe

Pulitzer Prize winner Megan Marshall recounts the trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller: Thoreaus first editor, Emersons close friend, daring war correspondent, tragic heroine. After her untimely death in a shipwreck off Fire Island, the sense and passion of her lifes work were eclipsed by scandal. Marshalls inspired narrative brings her back to indelible life.

Whether detailing her front-page New-York Tribune editorials against poor conditions in the citys prisons and mental hospitals, or illuminating her late-in-life hunger for passionate experienceincluding a secret affair with a young officer in the Roman GuardMarshalls biography gives the most thorough and compassionate view of an extraordinary woman. No biography of Fuller has made her ideas so alive or her life so moving.

Megan Marshalls brilliant Margaret Fuller brings us as close as we are ever likely to get to this astonishing creature. She rushes out at us from her nineteenth century, always several steps ahead, inspiring, heartbreaking, magnificent. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

"Shaping her narrative like a novel, Marshall brings the reader as close as possible to Fullers inner life and conveys the inspirational power she has achieved for several generations of women." New Republic

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