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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2014
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.
©2013 Margaret Fuller (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie Smith on 01-19-18

good and insufferable

Meticulously researched and a fascinating glimpse into the life and mind of Margaret fuller and some of early America's most brilliant thinkers ( and the relationships between them), I learned much from this book, and felt transported to another era. However, I found the narrator's voice quite irritating, and it detracted greatly from my enjoyment of the book. For lack of a better word, the whole thing was read with a monotone kind of "snootiness", an annoying affect that made the book almost insufferable to get thru. Unfortunately I think the narrator colored greatly my perception of the book and Margaret Fuller. I found it much more enjoyable once I read the actual book myself.

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5 out of 5 stars
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.

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