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Margaret Fuller Ossoll 1810 ~ 1850


Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller was a woman of most eccentric genius and great mental powers. She was born May 23, 1810, the daughter of Timothy Fuller, Esq. of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In very early life Miss Fuller was put to the study of classical languages and showed wonderful power of acquisition. She then turned to living tongues and before she reached a mature age she was accounted a giant of philological accomplishments. Indeed she poured over the German philosophers until her very being became imbued with their transcendental doctrines.

She was the best educated woman in the country and devoted her life to raising the standard of woman's intellectual training. To this effect she opened classes for women's instruction in several of the larger towns of New England.

Her first publication was a translation of Goethe's "Conversation,'' which appeared in 1839. In the following year she was employed by the publisher of the "Dial," at whose head was Ralph Waldo Emerson, and she aided in the editorship of that journal for several years.

In 1843 Miss Fuller moved to New York and entered into arrangement with the publishers of the Tribune, to aid in its literary department. This same year she made public her best literary effort, her "Summer on the Lakes," a journal of a journey to the West.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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