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Margaret Fuller, Wandering Pilgrim

Margaret Fuller, Wandering Pilgrim (Hardback)

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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.

Meg McGavran Murray, until her recent retirement, taught English at Mississippi State University and, before that, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the editor of the essay collection Face to Face.

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