Margaret Fuller, Wandering Pilgrim

Margaret Fuller, Wandering Pilgrim

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Murray weaves into the warp and woof of her complex Fuller tapestry a blend of criticism, history, literature, psychology, religion and theology, which together yield a finely nuanced picture of a brilliant but profoundly troubled woman who struggled valiantly though unsuccessfully to break free from the constaints of her strict puritanical upbringing and the oppression of a domineering father.

Some may wonder whether anything worthwhile can be added to our understanding of Margaret Fuller after the publication of Prof. Murray's "Wandering Pilgrim" deserves a distinguished place alongside Capper's and the best of the other scholarly volumes on Fuller. A long time birthing, it should stand well the test of time. Murray's controversial interpretation of Fuller will not win acceptance by all Fuller scholars, but they can ill afford to ignore her. Her provocative biography is a must-read. As acknowledged by the author, I was involved in the early going, but years later, now that I can sit down with Meg Murray's Fuller biography, I am thrilled.

Very few books about literary giants do justice to the narrative. It either seems cooked or perhaps worse lumpy and raw. Murry's story is riveting. I recently needed stories about the Tiber Island hospital where Fuller served as a nurse during the Roman seige and found Murray's account very worth quoting. This is a superb work of scholarship AND a compelling story about one of America's most neglected giants.

Murray analyzes Margaret Fuller's achievements as "America's first full-fledged intellectual woman," from child prodigy to crusading journalist to revolutionary agent in Italy, always struggling to make sense of the world around her and her own divided nature. I recommend this biography to anyone with a serious interest in women's and gender studies. Wandering Pilgrim is an excellent study of one of America's most important and neglected literary figures.

Murray writes of Margaret Fuller with compassion, complexity and professionalism.

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Her account of Fuller -- a bold and brilliant woman who enthralled both Emerson and Hawthorne, who used her as a model for Hester Prynne - is a lively and original reading of this memorable woman. See all 6 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Margaret Fuller, Wandering Pilgrim. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations.

View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. She certainly doesn't tell us. And finally Murray's text reads as if she had read one romance novel too many. OK, so I've vented. But I will note that none of this is necessary.

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Margaret Fuller isn't so difficult to decipher and interpret. And besides Fuller was so acutely self-aware that simply using her own words is sufficient to convey Fuller's experience - it seems to me.

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I suspect that Murray would say - were she perfectly honest - that she channels Margaret Fuller. In her acknowledgements, Murray writes: Overburdened with caring for a son born barely a year before me, my mother gave me as a baby to my father to raise. Of course, this raises the very real possibility that Murray has projected herself and her experiences into her consideration of Fuller's emotional life. All well and good.

A reader simply needs to proceed with caution. Yet the contributions of Capper, Murray and Marshall notwithstanding, I sense a gap in biographical accounts that must be filled before persons interested in Fuller's life and work can claim even a fingertip grasp on the whole of her life.

I refer to the creative component of her intellectual life and not to her learning. I've not seen even a title that suggests that an author has grappled systematically with ALL of her writing, that anyone has traced the development of her thought from childhood, through adolescence and her early adulthood and into her career as a journalist. Perhaps the work exists.

If it does, I have not found it. I'm even tempted to take on that project - if such an account does not exist. My concern here is that the events and trajectory of her "external" life are much more interesting than her thought - with the exception of "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" perhaps. Perhaps the drama of her life - and that drama never, ever abated - is the grist for the biographers' mill - and not her convictions and ideas at all.

And that bothers me - a lot. Jul 11, Carl Rollyson rated it it was amazing.

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Murray's biography has stiff competition: Charles Capper's monumental Margaret Fuller: Capper provides the broadest historical and social context in which to evaluate Fuller as a feminist writer, but Murray deserves praise for her nuanced reading of Fuller's ro Murray's biography has stiff competition: Capper provides the broadest historical and social context in which to evaluate Fuller as a feminist writer, but Murray deserves praise for her nuanced reading of Fuller's romantic personality.

Murray's scholarship is impeccable and generous she acknowledges the help other biographers and scholars have given her.

Margaret Fuller: Wandering Pilgrim by Meg McGavran Murray

Her probing of Fuller's psychology deepens understanding of Fuller's major works, including Woman in the Nineteenth Century, a masterpiece Murray treats as an integral event in the development of Fuller's psyche. Fuller is one of those protean figures biographers inevitably interpret in different terms as they engage one another's work and reckon with Fuller's complex relationships with her contemporaries and with posterity. Murray is especially conscious of her place in the history of Fuller criticism and biography, and this makes her biography an astute contribution to the literature on Fuller and on the development of American studies.