Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate now commonly recognized as America's first feminist. She was a protege of Ralph Waldo Emerson and associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" is considered the first major feminist work in the United States. Born Sarah Margaret Fuller in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was given a substantial early education by her father, Timothy Fuller. She later had more formal schooling and became a teacher before, in 1839, she began overseeing what she called "conversations": discussions among women meant to compensate for their lack of access to higher education. She became the first editor of the transcendentalist journal The Dial in 1840, before joining the staff of the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley in 1844. By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as the best-read person in New England, male or female, and became the first woman allowed to use the library at Harvard College. Her seminal work, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century," was published in 1845. A year later, she was sent to Europe for the Tribune as its first female correspondent. She soon became involved with the revolution in Italy and allied herself with Giuseppe Mazzini. She had a relationship with Giovanni Ossoli, with whom she had a child. All three members of the family died in a shipwreck off Fire Island, New York, as they were traveling to the United States in 1850. Fuller's body was never recovered. Fuller was an advocate of women's rights and, in particular, women's education and the right to employment. She also encouraged many other reforms in society, including prison reform and the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Many other advocates for women's rights and feminism, including Susan B. Anthony, cite Fuller as a source of inspiration. Some of her contemporaries, however, were not supportive, but today she is widely recognized as a pioneer in the movement for equal rights for women. Buckminster Fuller, a leading American designer (geodesic domes), architect and innovbator of the late 20th Century, is her great, great(?) grandnephew. Shortly after Fuller's death, her importance faded, but these "memoirs" posthumously were published in February 1852 and edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Freeman Clarke, and William Henry Channing, though much of the work was censored or reworded. The three editors, believing the public interest in Fuller would be short-lived and that she would not survive as a historical figure, made many cuts and that material is unfortunately lost to history. Even so, it was the best-selling biography of the decade for a time and went through thirteen editions before the end of the century. Condition: These antique volumes are bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with bright gilt lettering to spines. They are soundly bound and show mild external wear, with minor loss of material at ends of spines and outside corners. Interiors are clean and unmarked. There are two complete volumes and they are sold as a unit. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossioli, (in Two ...
Publisher: Phillips, Sampson & Company
Publication Date: 1852
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
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