From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New
Englandâ€™s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations
changed womenâ€™s sense of how they could think and live; her
editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal the
Dial shaped American Romanticism. Now, Megan Marshall, whose
acclaimed The Peabody Sisters â€śdiscoveredâ€ť three
fascinating women, has done it again: no biography of Fuller
has made her ideas so alive or her life so moving.
Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, tired of
Boston, accepted Horace Greeleyâ€™s offer to be the
New-York Tribuneâ€™s front-page columnist. The move
unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the
plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for
passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent,
Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman
Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of
Rome; and she gave birth to a son.
when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly
after Fullerâ€™s fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of
her lifeâ€™s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal.
Marshallâ€™s inspired account brings an American heroine back
to indelible life.