Margaret Fuller's New York Journalism: A Biographical Essay and Key Writings / Edition 1

Margaret Fuller's New York Journalism: A Biographical Essay and Key Writings / Edition 1

by Catherine C. Mitchell, Margaret Fuller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870498703

ISBN-13: 9780870498701

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

Long recognized as a brilliant woman of letters, a pioneering feminist, and a member of the Transcendentalist inner circle, Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) also played a significant, if less noted, role in the history of American journalism. From 1844 to 1846, she was the literary editor for Horace Greeley's New York Tribune, to which she contributed not just book reviews…  See more details below

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Long recognized as a brilliant woman of letters, a pioneering feminist, and a member of the Transcendentalist inner circle, Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) also played a significant, if less noted, role in the history of American journalism. From 1844 to 1846, she was the literary editor for Horace Greeley's New York Tribune, to which she contributed not just book reviews but a wide range of articles on New York City social conditions. In this book, Catherine C. Mitchell combines a substantial biographical essay with a generous selection of Fuller's columns on topics such as prison and asylum reform, abolitionism, and woman's rights. Mitchell's essay puts special emphasis on the Tribune of the 1840s - its staff, its readership, the nature and impact of its news coverage and editorial viewpoint, its place in the competitive world of New York journalism - and so provides an invaluable context for understanding Fuller's duties at the newspaper. The selections from Fuller's Tribune writings include much material that has not been previously reprinted or that has not appeared in other twentieth-century collections of Fuller's work. As Mitchell observes, the longtime neglect of Fuller's place in journalism history is attributable in part to Horace Greeley's offhanded remark that Fuller failed to work diligently. By mining a new trove of primary sources, Mitchell demonstrates convincingly that Fuller was no dilettante playing at the intellectual game of reviewing literature; rather, she made a major contribution in terms of both the quality and volume of her work. Moreover, Mitchell shows that, whatever Greeley may have said on some occasions, the editor in fact valued her highly and gave her equal treatment with the men on his staff. Margaret Fuller's New York Journalism thus adds an important new dimension to our appreciation of this remarkable nineteenth-century woman.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870498701
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
1st ed.]
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introducing Margaret Fuller3
A Journalist at the Tribune, 1844-184614
The Denigration of Margaret Fuller43
The Rich Man - An Ideal Sketch55
Prevalent Idea That Politeness Is Too Great a Luxury to Be Given to the Poor62
Consecration of Grace Church65
The Poor Man - An Ideal Sketch68
St. Valentine's Day - Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane79
Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane83
Our City Charities88
Asylum for Discharged Female Convicts94
Report and Documents of the New-York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb97
Prison Discipline105
Condition of the Blind in This Country and Abroad113
Floral Fete for the Children of the Farm Schools on the Fourth July120
Caroline121
The Wrongs of American Women, The Duty of American Women128
School of the Misses Sedgwick135
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave136
First of August, 1845139
The White Slave; or, the Russian Peasant-Girl145
What Fits a Man to Be a Voter? Is It to Be White within, or White Without?147
Lyceum of New-Bedford, Mass151
"Darkness Visible" [1]152
"Darkness Visible" [2]161
The Irish Character [1]165
The Irish Character [2]168
The Irish Character [3]174
Thanksgiving176
Wonders Have Not Ceased in Our Times181
Peale's Court of Death182
The Grand Festival Concert at Castle Garden185
Leopold de Meyer188
Physical Education and the Preservation of Health190
The Beethoven Monument194
Study of the German Language199
Instruction in the French Language201
Discoveries202
Farewell204
Notes207
Bibliography219
Index227

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