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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Intellectual Heroine: Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller suffered much in her life, but she also wrote books, was the first female American foreign correspondent and fought for women's rights and the liberation of Italy.  Her story is fascinating, especially when she eventually arrives in Italy.  Megan Marshall   suits the tale of this anguished, plain intellectual lady who struggled to combine the feminine graces of the time with her immense intelligence.

Fuller knew some of the famous people of her time, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott (Louisa's father).  This adds to the interest of the book.

However, it's best to read a little bit at a time.  Fuller had such a miserable time.  Even when she found some happiness in Italy, she suffered from the terrible battles for liberation and she had trouble making a living.  I enjoyed the book, but it's a sad story.


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