A paperback edition of Megan Marshall’s biography of Margaret Fuller is here!

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life has been praised as “a magnificent biography,” “spectacularly detailed” and written with a “unique intimacy.”  Emerson’s biographer Robert D. Richardson writes, “this is the book Margaret Fuller would have wanted.”

Marshall tells the story of Fuller’s rise to prominence among the Transcendentalists, her vexed relationship with Ralph Waldo Emerson, the flowering of her feminism in New England and her departure for New York to write for Horace Greeley’s Tribune “at home and abroad,” leading to her love affair with Giovanni Ossoli—all with fresh insight and uncommon pathos. Synthesizing the scholarship of recent decades and drawing on her own research finds—a new record of Fuller’s famous Conversations for women, an Emerson letter describing Thoreau’s findings at the site of the fatal shipwreck, an engraving of Rome belonging to Fuller that survived the wreck—Marshall brings our great American heroine to new and vivid life.  If you loved The Peabody Sisters, Marshall’s first award-winning biography, you will love Margaret Fuller

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On May 25th 2011 a lively group gathered to celebrate Maragaret's birthday in the Peabody Book Room in Boston, the very location of many of her famous "Conversations."   The keynote speaker, author and professor,  Phyllis Cole, engaged us with her talk: "What Margaret Fuller Did For Feminism."  Professor Cole was introduced by her colleague, author and assistant professor Megan Marshall.  The text of these presentations is now available on the web site.  To view them, click on the "News" tab, and then select "Latest News."

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The Boston Public Library proudly presents Margaret Fuller: In Her Own Words, an exhibition celebrating Fuller’s extraordinary life, work, and legacy on the bicentennial of her birth.

This free exhibit has been extended and will be on display through June 30, 2010. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston. Rare Books Lobby/Koussevitzky Room, McKim Building, 3rd Floor.  617-536-5400. 

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a woman of many “firsts”: she was a groundbreaking educator, critic, author, journalist, social reformer, and champion of women’s rights. Margaret Fuller: In Her Own Words spans the dates 1834-1846 and highlights her literary career, with an emphasis on her contribution to the development of a national identity in American literature. Beginning with her early book reviews, the exhibit follows Fuller’s career as first woman editor of the Transcendentalist magazine the Dial, then as the first female editor at the New-York Tribune where she wrote many important critical literary reviews. In addition, the exhibition provides an insider’s glimpse into her relationships with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and other leading 19th-century authors.

Presented in conjunction with materials from the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee, the Boston Women’s Commission, and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, this exhibition features extraordinary manuscript letters, rare books, photographs, and illustrations from the BPL’s Rare Books, Prints, and Government Documents departments.

Gallery talk with curator Kim Reynolds and Bicentennial Committee Members
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 11:00 am, Rare Books Lobby. 

Learn more: http://www.margaretfuller.org/  and http://www.bpl.org/

Please contact us via e-mail: info at margaretfuller.org 


The Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee has included:

Rev. Dorothy Emerson, Co-Chair

Jessica Lipnack, Co-Chair

Carole Braverman

Laurie James

Emily Shield

Bonnie Hurd Smith

Rev. Rosemarie Smurzynski

Rev. Elizabeth B. Stevens

Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Rob Velella

Barbara Kibler

Sarah Burks

Questions about the site? Contact: webweaver at margaretfuller.org