Margaret Fuller, a Biography

Margaret Fuller, a Biography

Margaret Fuller, a Biography

Margaret Fuller, a Biography

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It is good for us to-day to reread the life of a woman like Margaret Fuller and remind ourselves of the trail which she and many other women, her contemporaries and followers, blazed. It is a trail in which the present generation is now following with some difficulties still, but when we read of the early days we can certainly feel that we owe much to the pioneers.

Margaret Fuller may be said to have had no childhood. Her father forced a very brilliant mind far beyond the ordinary development of a child and this early forcing shows in her mental attitudes all through her life. In the thirties she was still longing for some of the things that early youth should have given her. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother. She happened to live in New England but her nature was not stamped with the mark of any locality. It had the warmth of the South and the breadth of the whole world. Her reading had been wide and, as one would expect of those days, she was tremendously influenced by the classics.

To us to-day much of what she said and wrote seems pedantic and the language, which was that of the scholar of her day, smacks somewhat of the Blue Stocking to-day, but back of it we still sense the enthusiasm for greatness of mind and soul; the humility which was prepared to sit at the feet of any great men or women; the self-sacrifice which gave always in every way possible, first to her father and mother . . .

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