The Letters of Margaret Fuller.
Volume 1 (1817-38), Volume II (1839-41), Volume III (1842-44).
Edited by Robert N. Hudspeth.
Cornell University Press, $25 (each volume)
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) is without question one of the most fascinating and provocative women of nineteenth-century America. She deserves to be better known than she is, for her contribution was significant—in the areas of Transcendental thought, American feminism, and newspaper and magazine journalism.
During the period covered by the present volumes of letters, Fuller grew up in Massachusetts, taught young ladies, dazzled her contemporaries with formidable learning, conducted “conversations” (or consciousness-raising sessions) with Transcendental women, edited (with Emerson) The Dial, and, after moving on to New York, served as literary editor for Horace Greeley’s New-York Daily Tribune....