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My Heart Is a Large Kingdom: Selected Letters of Margaret Fuller

Fuller, Margaret; Hudspeth, Robert N.

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ISBN 10: 0801437474 / ISBN 13: 9780801437472
Published by Cornell Univ Pr, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A., 2001
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First printing. Selected and edited by Robert N. Hudspeth. Burgundy cloth over off-white boards, gilt titles. Fuller was perhaps one of the brightest spots in the Transcendentalist circle, with a lively mind and enormous intellectual curiosity. Family circumstances forced her to earn a living early in life. For those unfamiliar with her, ample footnotes have been provided. Unread and as new in like DJ. Surprisingly scarce. 336 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 7393

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Title: My Heart Is a Large Kingdom: Selected ...

Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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This single-volume selection of the letters of Margaret Fuller affords a unique opportunity for renewed acquaintance with a great American thinker of the Transcendentalist circle. The letters represent Fuller at all stages of her life and career, and show her engaged as literary critic, as translator and as champion of German literature and thought, as teacher, as travel writer, as literary editor, as journalist, as feminist, as revolutionary, as wife and mother. "My Heart Is a Large Kingdom," unlike previous collections, includes only letters transcribed from Fuller's manuscripts and does not reproduce correspondence known only from printed sources and copies in hands other than Fuller's.Among the recipients of the letters in this generous selection are such literary and cultural figures as Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Giuseppe Mazzini, Giovanni Angelo Ossoli (Fuller's husband), George Ripley, and Henry David Thoreau. Taken together, the letters serve as a chronicle of Fuller's lifetime and provide glimpses into her thoughts and feelings during the years of the "Conversations," Dial, and the revolution in Rome.


"This volume of selections from the larger oeuvre will make Fuller accessible to a larger number of readers. Specialists and general readers with an interest in 19th-century American culture alike owe a debt to Hudspeth for this welcome contribution to scholarship."―Publishers Weekly, January 2001

"This selection of letters draws a comprehensive and balanced picture of the transcendentalist. . . Robert N. Hudspeth provides very brief and exceedingly helpful biographical sketches of the correspondents. . . This volume is an excellent alternative for academic and public libraries that were unable to afford the larger work."―Library Journal, February 2001

"In "My Heart is a Large Kingdom": Selected Letters of Margaret Fuller, Hudspeth has carved an elegant single volume of letters out of the complete and authoritative six that he has already edited. Hudspeth is a scholar's scholar: meticulous, unobtrusive, indefatigable. And in "My Heart is a Large Kingdom", he reveals that he also has a novelist's eye. . . Thanks to Hudspeth's scrupulous edition, it is easier to meet the private Fuller than ever before."―Caleb Crain, The New York Review of Books, 5/23/02

"A splendid selection of letters. . . "―Kirkus Reviews, January 2001

"Hudspeth's clever spirit rapping serves to remind us that Fuller remains obscure not only to most American citizens but also to many serious scholars of American literature. . . Only scholarship as ambitious and accomplished as Hudspeth's can restore Fuller's place in what Emerson called an 'essential line of American history.'"―Christina Zwarg, Haverford College. The New England Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 1, March 2002

"Hudspeth's selection of Margaret Fuller's letters is likely to win her new readers and admirers. . . . Had she survived, her public writings might have grown more like her private letters, capable of touching readers' emotions as well as their intellects. Perhaps the tragic story revealed in these letters will move Margaret Fuller beyond the textbooks at last."―Elaine Showalter, The Wilson Quarterly. Winter, 2001.

"Margaret Fuller's vivid letters are a fascinating contribution to American history and culture."―Elizabeth Hardwick

"Here Margaret Fuller speaks for herself and, thanks to Robert Hudspeth's judicious selection of her letters, she also reanimates the world she lived in and the world she hoped for."―Madeleine B. Stern, author of The Life of Margaret Fuller

"Drawn from Hudspeth's masterful six-volume edition of Fuller's letters, this selection is the definitive life-in-letters of one of America's first and most famous feminists and woman of letters, and is a mandatory purchase for anyone interested in women of the nineteenth century."―Joel Myerson, Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature, University of South Carolina

"Hudspeth's six-volume edition of Margaret Fuller's letters revitalized Fuller and spurred the current Fuller revival. Hours spent in the company of this remarkable woman in"My Heart is a Large Kingdom" will inform, provoke, and delight anyone interested in life and letters in nineteenth-century America."―Joan von Mehren, author of Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller

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