Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller

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CHAPTER 10

I suppose the whole amount of the feeling is that women cant bear to be left out of the question.



Marriage Studies

WHEN George Ripley invited the Emersons to join the Brook Farm community, both Lidian and Waldo seriously considered moving to West Roxbury, but in the end the claims of their Concord life proved too strong. As an alternative, they tried to create a substitute. "Those of us who do not believe in Communities, believe in neighborhoods & that the kingdom of heaven may consist of such," Emerson explained. He wanted to create what he called a Concord university, a group of friends who would live independently and be accessible for friendly relations and the exchange of ideas. Concord would become the home, he wrote Fuller, of "poets & the friends of poets & see the golden bees of Pindus swarming on our plain cottages and apple trees."1

When Fuller arrived on August 17, 1842, intent on completing two articles, one on Tennyson's poetry and another on modern Greek and medieval German ballads, she found her brother-in-law, Ellery Channing, already there as a fellow guest. In July Ellery had quit his job at the Cincinnati Gazette and departed hastily for Boston, leaving Ellen behind with Margarett Crane Fuller to await his further instructions. Emerson had published seven more of Ellery's poems in the July 1842 Dial, and he assumed he was on the verge of success as a professional poet. He was looking for a Concord boardinghouse where he and Ellen could spend the winter while he completed a collection of his poems for publication. In the meantime he had already struck up a friendship with Henry Thoreau with whom he had much in common, in particular an interest in writing and a love of wandering in the nearby countryside.

With the understanding that they would honor a strict working schedule, Waldo welcomed his friends to his home. He was working on his poem "Saadi" and preparing the October Dial and was not in a sociable mood. On the morning after Margaret's arrival, he sat her down in the red room with "the inkhorn and pen" and left her to her work. The members of the household were expected to meet regularly only for dinner.2

When Bronson Alcott was forced to close his Boston school, Emerson encouraged the family to move to Concord, and they found a tenant cottage on the Hosmer estate within walking distance of Bush. Alcott immediately named it Dove Cottage after Wordsworth's home in the English Lake District, and he determined to turn himself into a full-time farmer. But even his concerted

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction - Margaret Fuller: Should She Be Famous? 1
  • Chapter 1 - The Protected Years 6
  • Chapter 2 - A Varied Education 24
  • Chapter 3 - An Unfavorable Turn 38
  • Chapter 4 - Vain World Begone 54
  • Chapter 5 - A Trial to Fortitude 72
  • Chapter 6 - Schoolkeeping in Providence 90
  • Chapter 7 - Episodes in the Crusade 104
  • Chapter 8 - The Dial: Discontent and Freedom 120
  • Chapter 9 - A Sojourner on Earth 137
  • Chapter 10 - Marriage Studies 152
  • Chapter 11 - The Great Lawsuit 162
  • Chapter 12 - Summer on the Lakes 172
  • Chapter 13 - Woman in the Nineteenth Century 189
  • Chapter 14 - Mary and Horace Greeley 200
  • Chapter 15 - James Nathan 207
  • Chapter 16 - New York, 1845-1846 215
  • Chapter 17 - England and Scotland 230
  • Chapter 18 - France 241
  • Chapter 19 - Italy at Last 252
  • Chapter 20 - Return to Rome 264
  • Chapter 21 - 1848: on Her Own 276
  • Chapter 22 - The Roman Republic 289
  • Chapter 23 - Siege and Escape 303
  • Chapter 24 - Florence 318
  • Chapter 25 - Return 333
  • Chapter 26 - Aftermath and Debate 340
  • Notes 353
  • Index 387
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