Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
Presented by Arlington Community Education
May 7, 2013
Margaret Fuller - Thoreau's editor, Emerson's friend, daring war correspondent and tragic heroine. From an early age she dazzled New England's intelligent elite. Her famous Conversations changed women's sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Dial shaped American Romanticism. In her new book, biographer Megan 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 hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome, and gave birth to a son. When all three died in a shipwreck shortly after Fuller's 40th birthday, the sense and passion of her life's work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Join Megan Marshall as she discusses the trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller.