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Margaret Fuller an American romantic life
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1992-
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v. <1 > : ill.
[1] The private years -- 2. The public years.
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With this first volume of a two-part biography of the Transcendentalist critic and feminist leader, Margaret Fuller, Capper has launched the premier modern biography of early America's best-known intellectual woman. Based on a thorough examination of all the first-hand sources, many of themnever before used, this volume is filled with original portraits of Fuller's numerous friends and colleagues and the influential movements that enveloped them. Writing with a strong narrative sweep, Capper focuses on the central problem of Fuller's life--her identity as a female intellectual--andpresents the first biography of Fuller to do full justice to its engrossing subject. This first volume chronicles Fuller's "private years": her gradual, tangled, but fascinating emergence out of the "private" life of family, study, Boston-Cambridge socializing, and anonymous magazine-writing, tothe beginnings of her rebirth as antebellum America's female prophet-critic. Capper's biography is at once an evocative portrayal of an extraordinary woman and a comprehensive study of an avant-garde American intellectual type at the beginning of its first creation.

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The first of a two-volume biography of Margaret Fuller, America's premiere female Romantic intellectual. Capper exploits heretofore unexplored letters, diaries, and journals in this work. Three influences helped shape Fuller's remarkable career: her relationship with her overbearing father, her gender, and the intellectual culture of early 19th-century New England. Capper delves gingerly into psychohistory as he analyzes Fuller's attachment to her father. As a woman, Fuller had a choice of two careers: teacher to young upper-class women, or writer; these were the only acceptable occupations for unmarried women. Fuller maintained both roles with a great deal of success. Capper contextualizes three important influences on Fuller's intellectual development: Unitarianism, Romanticism, and Transcendentalism. Too often, his narrative becomes mired in the pedigree of the young aristocratic Bostonians with whom Fuller shared her ideas. Though the work is almost 400 pages in length, Capper's creation of the intellectual climates within which Fuller operated is often inadequate. Photographs. Graduate; faculty. E. Kuhlman; Washington State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1 a New England Inheritancep. 3
Chapter 2 Childhood Enlightenment (1810-1821)p. 24
Chapter 3 Rustication (1821-1825)p. 57
Chapter 4 Cambridge Renaissance (1825-1833)p. 84
Chapter 5 a Tangled Pastoral (1833-1835)p. 121
Chapter 6 Apprenticeship (1835-1837)p. 160
Chapter 8 Conversations (1838-1840)p. 252
Chapter 9 the Transcendentalist (1839-1840)p. 307
Abbreviationsp. 351
Notesp. 357
Indexp. 407