The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography

The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography

by John Matteson
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The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Marilise More than 1 year ago
Frankly, I wasn’t too interested in Transcendentalists and didn’t know much about Margaret Fuller before reading this. I bought it because Eden’s Outcasts, the author’s previous book, was a favorite (and won a much-deserved Pulitzer Prize for Biography). So I settled in for a nice winter’s read—page after page of prize-winning prose. I got that. But after a few dozen pages of reliably gorgeous writing, I realized that Mr. Matteson was using his 19th-century heroine to open debate on very 21-century issues: why accomplishment in a woman is invariably perceived as arrogance; the power of a parent to push a child’s development; intellectual disparity between partners; how “plain women” were perceived then and now. Mr. Matteson deserves another Pulitzer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago