Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vol. 2: The Public Years

Margaret Fuller An American Romantic Life Vol The Public Years Filled with dramatic ironic and sometimes tragic turns this superb biography captures the story of one of America s most extraordinary figures producing at once the best life of Fuller ever writte

  • Title: Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vol. 2: The Public Years
  • Author: Charles Capper
  • ISBN: 9780195063134
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Filled with dramatic, ironic, and sometimes tragic turns, this superb biography captures the story of one of America s most extraordinary figures, producing at once the best life of Fuller ever written, and one of the great biographies in American history In Volume II, Charles Capper illuminates Fuller s public years, focusing on her struggles to establish her identityFilled with dramatic, ironic, and sometimes tragic turns, this superb biography captures the story of one of America s most extraordinary figures, producing at once the best life of Fuller ever written, and one of the great biographies in American history In Volume II, Charles Capper illuminates Fuller s public years, focusing on her struggles to establish her identity as an influential intellectual woman in the Romantic Age He brings to life Fuller s dramatic mixture of inward struggles, intimate social life, and deep engagements with the movements of her time He describes how Fuller struggled to reconcile high avant garde cultural ideals and Romantic critical methods with democratic social and political commitments, and how she strove to articulate a cosmopolitan vision for her nation s culture and politics Capper also offers fresh and often startlingly new treatments of Fuller s friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, and Giuseppe Mazzini, in addition to many others.

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    1. After p 175In volume 2 of his biography Capper missed Fuller s third cycle of severe major depression, with psychotic features, that came upon that pitiable individual in 1840 1 This is not to say that he didn t insert related quotes and excerpts from Fuller s journal and letters as well as the observations of other persons, Emerson, most notably He did, of course Otherwise we would have no idea that it occurred He also missed the events in Fuller s inner life that led to the resolution of whate [...]

    2. This second volume of Charles Capper s acclaimed biography deals with the last ten years of his subject s life From 1840 to 1850, Fuller established a series of firsts for women editing a highbrow journal, authoring the first book length discussion of the woman question, writing a travel and philosophical commentary on the new West, editing the literary pages of a New York newspaper, becoming an important foreign correspondent and the only one to report firsthand at considerable risk to herself [...]

    3. Although still a laborious read, I enjoyed this second volume considerable than the first This was probably owing to the active nature of the Fuller s life, whereas the first volume is largely devoted to the development of her intellect In this volume Fuller has come into her own as an active participant in the culturally rich world that she inhabited Capper should be congratulated for the depth of his scholarship and his effort to help Fuller achieve the historical appreciation she deserves.

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