In Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, Megan Marshall explores female journalist Margaret Fuller’s life, from her early days of rigorous study under her father to her Conversations for women in Boston to her coverage of the Roman revolution. Drawing from several resources–including Margaret’s own papers–Marshall brings this remarkable woman to life in all her pioneering glory and all her doubts and desires.
Margaret Fuller is one of those names that I recognize, but, until very recently, had to claim ignorance upon. However, Marshall did a fantastic job of weaving a comprehensive narrative that, while dense, was also engrossing. While I learned a lot about her intellectual accomplishments–she was an extremely gifted scholar and wrote extensively on several topics–and driven nature, my favorite part of the book was that Marshall introduced us to multiple sides of her. Based on the writings Marshall presented, Margaret Fuller asked a lot of the questions that I ask myself, and Margaret’s struggles and doubts made her very relatable. I definitely recommend this engaging biography of a remarkable woman.