"How is it that I seem to be this Margaret Fuller," the
pioneering feminist, journalist, and political revolutionary asked
herself as a child. "What does it mean?" Filled with new insights
into the causes and consequences of Fuller's lifelong
psychic conflict, this biography chronicles the journey of an
American Romantic pilgrim as she wanders from New England into the
larger world--and then back home under circumstances that Fuller
herself likened to those of both the prodigal child of the Bible
and Oedipus of Greek mythology.
Meg McGavran Murray discusses Fuller's Puritan
ancestry, her life as the precocious child of a preoccupied,
grieving mother and of a tyrannical father who took over her
upbringing, her escape from her loveless home into books, and the
unorthodox--and influential--male and female role models to which
her reading exposed her. Murray also covers Fuller's
authorship of Woman in the Nineteenth Century, her career
as a New-York Tribune journalist first in New York and later in
Rome, her pregnancy out of wedlock, her witness of the fall of Rome
in 1849 during the Roman Revolution, and her return to the land of
her birth, where she knew she would be received as an outcast.
Other biographies call Fuller a Romantic. Margaret Fuller,
Wandering Pilgrim illustrates how Fuller internalized the
lives of the heroes and heroines in the ancient and modern Romantic
literature that she had read as a child and adolescent, as well as
how she used her Romantic imagination to broaden women's
roles in Woman in the Nineteenth Century, even as she
wandered the earth in search of a home.
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