Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Fuller, Margaret
Birth Name: Sarah Margaret Fuller
Married Name: Sarah Margaret Ossoli
Used Form: Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Titled: Sarah Margaret, Marchesa d'Ossoli
An important social and cultural critic in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, MF
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.
Rosenthal, Bernard, and Margaret Fuller. “Introduction”. Woman in the Nineteenth Century, W. W. Norton, 1971, p. v - ix.
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thought that the existential angst she suffered during her childhood was unique until she read Margaret Fuller
Kelty, Mary Ann. Reminiscences of Thought and Feeling. W. Pickering, 1852.
She felt her unhappiness as a child and young woman was good for...
's friends and acquaintances were varying and numerous. In her youth the radical politician John Cartwright
was a neighbour. Her literary work as an adult led to the formation of a number of lasting...
Hamilton, herself a conservative, set about de-demonizing EF
's political reputation. She had good success in persuading her friends that Mrs Fletcher was not the ferocious Democrat she had been represented, and that she neither...
Julia Ward Howe
In her early twenties, Howe became acquainted with the prominent women's-rights activist Margaret Fuller
, who was a journalist and editor of The Dial. Fuller was one of the first to recognize Howe's talent...
In the USA HM
became a good friend of Margaret Fuller
, although differences developed between them after Martineau published Society in America, which she saw as objecting to Fuller's gorgeous pedantry and disregard...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
met American feminist Margaret Fuller
, by then Margaret Fuller Ossoli, a year before the latter's death.
Forster, Margaret. Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Biography. Grafton, 1990.
Hewlett, Dorothy. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Cassell, 1953.
Lydia Maria Child
She enjoyed an early friendship with Margaret Fuller
, who wrote before she was out of her teens that the future LMC
's conversation is charming,—she brings all her power to bear upon it; her...
After her third delivery she decided to be sterilised, though she met with social disapproval even from nurses caring for her in hospital: Had yourself spayed, did you?
O’Mahoney, John. “Poet and Pioneer: Adrienne Rich”. The Guardian, pp. Review 20 - 3.
She later recalled her isolation during...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
's health began to decline at about this time. It was worsened by such non-medical factors as sorrow over the death of Margaret Fuller Ossoli
(which roused her memories of older but nearer losses)...
Intertextuality and Influence
Germaine de Staël
After completing this novel GS
wrote, I'd like a really big [writing] table, it seems to me I've got the right to it now.
Kobak, Annette. “Mme de Staël and Fanny Burney”. The Burney Journal, pp. 12 -35.
Corinne was enormously influential for nineteenth-century women writers. The model...
considered this a hasty book, although HM
claimed that it took three years to write.
Chapman, Maria Weston, and Harriet Martineau. “Memorials of Harriet Martineau”. Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography, James R. Osgood, 1877, pp. 2: 131 - 596.
studied theology at Harvard
but eventually left the priesthood when he came to doubt the sacraments. He travelled to Europe and met Carlyle
, and Wordsworth
. Upon his return to America...
The Leader carried GE
's important short article Margaret Fuller
and Mary Wollstonecraft, another trenchant examination of women's position in society.
Ashton, Rosemary. George Eliot: A Life. Hamish Hamilton, 1996.