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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: April Bernard Narrator: Elizabeth Klett Publisher: Steerforth Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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What does one sensitive but ordinary woman makes of a publicly disgraced woman like Fuller, and how do women make use of what they learn from other women? Miss Fuller is a historical novel that also poses timeless questions about how we see and treat the exceptional and dangerous agents of change among us. And it shows the price that any one person might pay who strives to change the world for the better.

It is 1850. Margaret Fuller - feminist, journalist, orator, and the most famous woman in America - is returning from Europe where she covered the Italian revolution for The New York Tribune. She is bringing home with her an Italian husband, the Count Ossoli, and their two-year-old son. But this is not the gala return of a beloved American heroine. This is a furtive, impoverished return under a cloud of suspicion and controversy.

When the ship founders in a hurricane off Long Island, and Fuller and her small family drown, her friends back home, Emerson and others of the Transcendentalist Concord circle, send Henry David Thoreau to the wreck in hopes of recovering her last book manuscript. He comes back declaring himself empty-handed - but actually he has found a private and revealing document, a confession in letters, of a strong and beloved woman's life like no other in the 19th century. Her account of the life of the mind and body, of experiences in Rome under siege, of dangerous childbirth and great physical and moral courage - are eventually revealed to her one reader, Thoreau's youngest sister, Anne.

She was the most famous woman in America. And nobody knew who she was.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tori | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting storyline. The second (and longest) part was a letter from Fuller that I really just did not care for. Would have been better if Bernard had written the whole book in her style instead of switching to Fuller's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela | 11/1/2013

    " The author does a great job imagining the life of a woman, Elizabeth Fuller, with a great mind and born too early, constricted by her time. I also like that the author keeps the novel taut. The contrast between Henry Thoureau's sister and Elizabeth Fuller is well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pearl Mattenson | 9/29/2013

    " I tried I really did but I simply couldn't justify completing this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemarie Donzanti | 9/26/2013

    " An interesting, quick read. Would be a great book to read and discuss with my 13 year old niece. I think I will give that a try. I love her POV. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Raskin | 3/4/2013

    " A small slightly frustrating book. Maybe it would have been better if I was more familiar with the real characters who appear or are referenced in the book, like Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jenn | 2/16/2013

    " As much about Miss Fuller's social circle (chiefly Thoreau and Emerson) as it is about Margaret herself. Appealed to the New England Fetishist in me. Short. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marguerite | 9/7/2012

    " I was very interested in the storyline for this book and looked forward to reading it. However, I found myself lost in keeping track of the characters. With that in mind, I did enjoy reading a bit of history that was previously unknown to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 9/4/2012

    " Delightful really....I was not previously aware of Miss Fuller and her influence....Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, Greely, Channing....what a cast of characters.....if you like this era, you must read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 8/7/2012

    " Based on the life and loves of Margaret Fuller, a genuine American blue-stocking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 5/19/2012

    " very well written book; had never heard of Margret Fuller before; she's a real person! I think she would have fit much better in 2013 then 1850. She made people very uncomfortable with her views and lifestyle. I liked this book. "

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