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

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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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A substantial biographical essay on woman of letters, feminist, and member of the Transcendentalist inner circle Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) is followed by a collection of her columns on topics including the rich and the poor, prison and asylum reform, abolitionism, women's rights, and the Irish. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870498701
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed.]
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing Margaret Fuller 3
A Journalist at the Tribune, 1844-1846 14
The Denigration of Margaret Fuller 43
The Rich Man - An Ideal Sketch 55
Prevalent Idea That Politeness Is Too Great a Luxury to Be Given to the Poor 62
Consecration of Grace Church 65
The Poor Man - An Ideal Sketch 68
St. Valentine's Day - Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane 79
Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane 83
Our City Charities 88
Asylum for Discharged Female Convicts 94
Report and Documents of the New-York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb 97
Prison Discipline 105
Condition of the Blind in This Country and Abroad 113
Floral Fete for the Children of the Farm Schools on the Fourth July 120
Caroline 121
The Wrongs of American Women, The Duty of American Women 128
School of the Misses Sedgwick 135
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave 136
First of August, 1845 139
The White Slave; or, the Russian Peasant-Girl 145
What Fits a Man to Be a Voter? Is It to Be White within, or White Without? 147
Lyceum of New-Bedford, Mass 151
"Darkness Visible" [1] 152
"Darkness Visible" [2] 161
The Irish Character [1] 165
The Irish Character [2] 168
The Irish Character [3] 174
Thanksgiving 176
Wonders Have Not Ceased in Our Times 181
Peale's Court of Death 182
The Grand Festival Concert at Castle Garden 185
Leopold de Meyer 188
Physical Education and the Preservation of Health 190
The Beethoven Monument 194
Study of the German Language 199
Instruction in the French Language 201
Discoveries 202
Farewell 204
Notes 207
Bibliography 219
Index 227
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