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It is 1850. Margaret Fuller - feminist, journalist, orator, and "the most famous woman in America" - is returning from Europe where she covered the Italian revolution for The New York Tribune. She is bringing home with her an Italian husband, the Count Ossoli, and their two-year-old son. But this is not the gala return of a beloved American heroine. This is a furtive, impoverished return under a cloud of suspicion and controversy.
When the ship founders in a hurricane off Long Island, and Fuller and her small family drown, her friends back home, Emerson and others of the Transcendentalist Concord circle, send Henry David Thoreau to the wreck in hopes of recovering her last book manuscript. He comes back declaring himself empty-handed - but actually he has found a private and revealing document, a confession in letters, of a strong and beloved woman's life like no other in the 19th century. Her account of the life of the mind and body, of experiences in Rome under siege, of dangerous childbirth and great physical and moral courage - are eventually revealed to her one reader, Thoreau's youngest sister, Anne.
She was the most famous woman in America. And nobody knew who she was.
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By Elaine on 06-23-12
I've listened to many of Elizabeth's Klett's books on tape and she reads exceptionally well. Her reading of Miss Fuller was superb as usual. Miss Fuller is an interesting character and I felt very sympathetic towards her and not very charitable towards her contemporaries. I highly recommend this book.
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