Who Really Was Margaret Fuller Before Her Sudden Death?
From The History of Literature Podcast with Jacke Wilson
For tens of thousands of years, human beings have been using fictional devices to shape their worlds and communicate with one another. Four thousand years ago they began writing down these stories, and a great flourishing of human achievement began. We know it today as literature, a term broad enough to encompass everything from ancient epic poetry to contemporary novels. How did literature develop? What forms has it taken? And what can we learn from engaging with these works today?
Hosted by Jacke Wilson, an amateur scholar with a lifelong passion for literature, The History of Literature takes a fresh look at some of the most compelling examples of creative genius the world has ever known.
In her lifetime, Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was widely acknowledged as the best read person—male or female—in New England. Her landmark work, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, is considered the first full-length treatment of women’s rights in North America. After finding success as an author, scholar, educator, editor, translator, journalist, and host of a famous series of “conversations,” she tragically died at the age of 40 in a sea accident off the coast of Fire Island, New York. In this episode, Jacke talks to Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Megan Marshall about her book, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.