Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 474 pages
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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 finalist Megan Marshall recounts the trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller: Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close friend, daring war correspondent, tragic heroine. After her untimely death in a shipwreck off Fire Island, the sense and passion of her life’s work were eclipsed by scandal. Marshall’s inspired narrative brings her back to indelible life.

Whether detailing her front-page New-York Tribune editorials against poor conditions in the city’s prisons and mental hospitals, or illuminating her late-in-life hunger for passionate experience—including a secret affair with a young officer in the Roman Guard—Marshall’s 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 Marshall’s 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 Fuller’s inner life and conveys the inspirational power she has achieved for several generations of women." — New Republic

 

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One of my top 10 favorite reads and one of my top 3 biographies. Writing is exquisite; we feel each failure and success along with the protagonist. And yes, the story reads like a novel; the ... Read full review

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Quite an extraordinary book, and a specimen of literary biography at just about its very best. Some years have passed since I read Charles Capper's biography of Fuller in two closely printed volumes ... Read full review

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Contents

CAMBRIDGE
35
GROTON AND PROVIDENCE
67
CONCORD BOSTON JAMAICA PLAIN
123
NEW YORK
221
EUROPE
265
HOMEWARD
351
After so dear a storm
379
Back Matter
391
Back Flap
475
Back Cover
476
Spine
477
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About the author (2013)

Megan Marshall worked for two decades on her award-winning biography The Peabody Sisters, spending many years tracking down the sisters' letters and journals. Her work was supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate and other publications. She is now at work on a biography of Ebe Hawthorne, sister of Nathaniel, for which she has received a Radcliffe Institute fellowship.

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