Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate 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, and she is often credited with being America's first feminist. 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 (and a protege of its founder Ralph Waldo Emerson) 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. In 1846 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. It is not known if they ever formally married. All three 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, and what might have been her most important writing, an eye witness account of the 1848 revolution in Italy, was also lost. Fuller was an advocate of women's rights, especially women's education and the right to employment. She also advocated many other social reforms, including prison reform and the emancipation of slaves. Many other advocates for women's rights and feminism, including Susan B. Anthony, cite Fuller as a source of inspiration. She was supposedly the model for Hester Prynne in Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter." The famous American inventor and innovator ("geodesic domes,"etc) Buckminster Fuller is her grandnephew. The editors who reworked her writing for these memoirs were Emerson, James Freeman Clarke, and William Henry Channing, and they, believing her fame would be short-lived, took liiberties with the texts and some of the original writing is lost to posterity. Even so, it was the best-selling biography of the decade and went through thirteen editions before the end of the century. Emerson himself wrote "Visits to Concord" and "Conversations in Boston," contained in Vol. I. Complete in two volumes: Vol I, 351 pages, Vol II, 352 pages, hardcover, no DJ as issued. The memoirs were published posthumously in February 1852. These antique volumes are bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with bright gilt lettering to spines. The soundly-bound books show mild external wear, with minor loss of material at ends of spines and outside corners. The interiors are clean and unmarked. Throughout her adult life, Margaret Fuller asked herself and others "What were we (women) born to do? How shall we do it?" In recent years her life and work have taken on fresh importance and relevance, and a new biography was issued in 2012. She remains a distinctive voice and an important American historical figure, and these memoirs, very rare in first printing, are precious to US history and heritage. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Vols 1 & ...
Publisher: Phillips, Sampson & Company
Publication Date: 1852
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Book Description Phillips, Sampson & Company. Book Condition: Good. . Bookplate inside. Owner's name on inside. Two volumes included. Bookseller Inventory # N17I-00648