The Essential Margaret Fuller by Margaret Fuller / Edition 1

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The leading feminist intellectual of her day, Margaret Fuller has been remembered for her groundbreaking work Women in the Nineteenth Century, which recharted the gender roles of nineteenth-century men and women. In this new collection, the full range of her literary career is represented--from her earliest poetry to her final dispatch from revolutionary Italy. For the first time, the complete texts of Woman in the Nineteenth Century and Summer on the Lakes are printed together, along with generous selections from Fuller's Dial essays, New York essays, Italian dispatches, and unpublished journals.

Jeffrey Steele's introduction provides an important revision of Fuller's biography and literary career, tracing the growth of her feminism and her development into one of America's preeminent social critics. No other writer of Fuller's day could match the range of her experience. Growing up in the world of Boston intellectuals, she was a close personal friend of the Alcotts, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. But she also traveled adventurously to the western frontier, canoed down rapids with Chippewa Indians, visited the outcast and the poor in New York's institutions and prisons, and experienced the rigors of war during the bombardment of Rome. As a whole, this anthology provides the material to understand one of the most fascinating nineteenth-century American women writers.

Jeffrey Steele is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Unfolding the Mind: The Unconscious in American Romanticism and Literary Theory.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As an early feminist, teacher, critic, and social reformer, Fuller (1810-50) explored women's place in society, women's self-definition, male and female relationships, and women's family and maternal roles. She envisioned an interdependent society where men and women possessed traits of both genders. She was also concerned with class and social injustices, working with the Chippewa Indians and the poor in New York's institutions and prisons. This new collection of Fuller's writings features the complete text of her groundbreaking Woman in the Nineteenth Century and Summer on the Lakes . Also included are extensive selections of her essays from The Dial , reviews and essays from the New York Tribune , Italian dispatches, poems, and unpublished journals. Editor Steele's excellent and extensive critical introduction discusses each work in the context of Fuller's life and world events. An excellent companion to Mason Wade's The Writings of Margaret Fuller (1941), this is highly recommended for most public, college, and university libraries.-- Jenny Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813517780
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Series: American Women Writers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 1,159,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes to Introduction
Selected Bibliography
A Note on the Text
Self-Definitions, 1835-42 1
Autobiographical Romance 24
The Magnolia of Lake Pontchartrain 44
Yuca Filamentosa 50
Leila 53
Bettine Brentano and Her Friend Gunderode 59
Summer on the Lakes 69
1844 Poetry 226
Woman in the Nineteenth Century 243
New-York Tribune Reviews and Essays 379
Emerson's Essays
Our City Charities
Prevalent Idea that Politeness is too great a Luxury to be given to the Poor
The Wrongs of American Women. The Duty of American Women
What fits a Man to be a Voter? Is it to be White Within, or White Without?
Things and Thoughts in Europe 405
Explanatory Notes 437
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