The Lives Of Margaret Fuller: A Biography by John MattesonThe Lives Of Margaret Fuller: A Biography by John Matteson

The Lives Of Margaret Fuller: A Biography

byJohn Matteson

Paperback | January 22, 2013

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A brilliant writer and a fiery social critic, Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) was perhaps the most famous American woman of her generation. Outspoken and quick-witted, idealistic and adventurous, she became the leading female figure in the transcendentalist movement, wrote a celebrated column of literary and social commentary for Horace Greeley’s newspaper, and served as the first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper. While living in Europe she fell in love with an Italian nobleman, with whom she became pregnant out of wedlock. In 1848 she joined the fight for Italian independence and, the following year, reported on the struggle while nursing the wounded within range of enemy cannons. Amid all these strivings and achievements, she authored the first great work of American feminism: Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Despite her brilliance, however, Fuller suffered from self-doubt and was plagued by ill health. John Matteson captures Fuller’s longing to become ever better, reflected by the changing lives she led.
John Matteson was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Eden’s Outcasts and is also the author of The Lives of Margaret Fuller, which received the Ann M. Sperber Prize for Best Biography of a Journalist. He has been a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and of the Leon Levy Center for Biography. He received the Di...
Title:The Lives Of Margaret Fuller: A BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:January 22, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393343596

ISBN - 13:9780393343595


Editorial Reviews

“Matteson’s portrait of Fuller, given depth and sheen by a treasure trove of letters, is unfailingly intelligent, nuanced and intriguing.” — Boston Globe“Well-written. . . . [Readers] will admire her spirit, intellect, and courage.” — New York Times“John Matteson performs a service in producing a . . . biography that will introduce this learned, prolific and eccentric American to a wider audience.” — Wall Street Journal“[Matteson’s] writing seems to derive palpable energy from Fuller’s own dynamism. . . . In the end he discovers a Fuller that is startlingly modern in her contradictions and commitments.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune