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An important social and cultural critic in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, Margaret Fuller published in a variety of forms, including travel literature, translations from German (notably Goethe, about whom she also published critical work), poetry, letters, and journalism. She was first editor of The Dial, journal of the Transcendental Club, and the earliest influential US woman journalist. She is perhaps best remembered today for Woman in the Nineteenth Century, described by one critic as "the first American book defining the place of women in society, and offering a coherent alternative to their position." Bibliographic Citation link.
23 May 1810 MF was born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, USA, the eldest of seven children. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1835 A review by MF of two recent biographies, one of Hannah More and another of George Crabbe, appeared in the first issue of the Western Messenger. It was her first published piece of literary criticism. Bibliographic Citation link.
1845 MF published her most famous work, a social critique called Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 September 1846-13 February 1850 MF published a series of columns, "Letters from England" and then "Things and Thoughts in Europe", in the New York Daily Tribune. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 July 1850 MF drowned in a shipwreck off Fire Island, New York, within sight of land, as she sailed with her husband and child from Italy to the United States. Bibliographic Citation link.
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