First Unitarian Church and Moonstone Present
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
Sunday November 3, 2013, 11am
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 chestnut Street, 215-563-3980
Rev. Nathan C. Walker, Senior Minister & Executive Director
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)- Author, editor, journalist, literary critic, educator, Transcendentalist, and women’s rights advocate…. Today we consider Margaret Fuller one of the guiding lights of the first-wave of feminism. She helped educate the women of her day by leading a series of Conversations in which women were empowered to read, think and discuss important issues of the day. She empowered generations to follow through her ground-breaking writings, especially her landmark book Woman in the Nineteenth Century.
Among her accomplishments: First American to write a book about equality for women; First editor of The Dial, foremost Transcendentalist journal, appointed by Ralph Waldo Emerson; First woman to enter Harvard Library to pursue research; First woman journalist on Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune; First woman literary critic who also set literary standards; First woman foreign correspondent and war correspondent to serve under combat conditions.
Megan Marshall, Associate Professor in Emerson College’s Writing, Literature and Publishing program, is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and two other nonfiction books. She has published numerous essays and reviews in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate Online, The New York Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, The Boston Review, and elsewhere. Her biography The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism won the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians; the Mark Lynton History Prize, awarded by the Anthony Lukas Prize Project jointly sponsored by the Columbia School of Journalism and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation; the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction; and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and she has been a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society since 1991. For the occasion of Margaret Fuller’s bicentennial in 2010, Marshall curated an exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and artwork at the Massachusetts Historical Society titled “A More Interior Revolution”: Elizabeth Peabody, Margaret Fuller, and the Women of the American Renaissance