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Published by EF041008 on 2008/10/23
Fuller


Margarett Fuller was born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts in 1810. Her father was a member of Congress, and she was given an education in Latin, Greek and philosophy, developing her intellectual capacities in this manner.She obtained authorization to enter the Library of Harvard, which otherwise only admitted men.



 
 

Margarett Fuller was born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts in 1810. Her father was a member of Congress, and she was given an education in Latin, Greek and philosophy, developing her intellectual capacities in this manner.
 
She obtained authorization to enter the Library of Harvard, which otherwise only admitted men. She was therefore able to specialize in the study of German and French literature.


In 1836 in Concord, she met Emerson, leader of the Transcendentalist movement. She organized a series of meetings known as “Conversations or Seminars for Women” which took place from 1839 and 1844. She dedicated each of these meetings to a specific philosophical question. She then opened up discussion on topics that provided the material for her book, Women in the 19th Century. 

At the same time, with Emerson, she founded The Dial in 1840. An article she wrote for publication in this journal entitled “The Great lawsuit, Man versus Men, Woman versus women,” preached in favor of equality for women.
 Because of the aura of this journal and because of her talent, Fuller was invited by Horace Greeley to go and work for the New York Tribune.
 
As a writer for The Tribune, she was sent to Europe to write travel journals and diverse correspondent reports. She met many artists, novelists and politicians.
 
She landed finally in Rome, Italy.

Here she was introduced to Giuseppe Mazzini, a leader of the Italian Reunification. She fell in love with one of his lieutenants, Marquis Giovanni Ossoli, and she bore his child.
 
In 1850, they sailed back to the United States.
 
Off the coast of Fire Island, their ship ran into a sand bank and sank. Fuller, Ossoli and their son perished in the shipwreck
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This article was written by Emmanuelle Falsanisi.


 
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