An important social and cultural critic in the United States
in the mid-nineteenth century,
published in a variety of forms, including travel literature, translations from German (notably
, 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.