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From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal the Dial shaped American Romanticism. Now, Megan Marshall, whose acclaimed The Peabody Sisters "discovered" three fascinating women, has done it again: No biography of Fuller has made her ideas so alive or her life so moving. Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son. Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller’s 40th birthday, the sense and passion of her life’s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall’s inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life.
Earphones Award, 2014
"Cynthia Barrett's witty, intelligent narration enlivens Marshall's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Margaret Fuller.... Barrett brings humanity to Marshall's impeccable research, introducing an extraordinary woman whose life was shaped by her struggle for gender equality and touched by joy, scandal, and tragedy." (AudioFile)
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By M. Kline on 05-30-16
A masterpiece of a biography
Megan Marshall's ability to weave such an evocative story out of the minute detail she gathered from her research is exquisite. Though of course this is the story of a feminist and a revolutionary for 19th century Republican ideals, it is also the story of a human being trying to find personal happiness in relationship and, ultimately, figure out how society could be structured differently to allow for happy relationships. Thank you for bringing us Margaret Fuller, who has as much to offer our generation as she did her own.
By Nancy B. Thomas on 06-12-15
Good narration is critical
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The narrator had a predictable rising and falling sing song quality to her voice whether the subject was studies or heartbreak/
Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Barrett’s performances?
Not any time soon.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Margaret Fuller?
The content was interesting, just had to stop listening.