Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) was a journalist, critic and women's rights
activist. She was the first full-time female book reviewer in
journalism. She became the first editor of the transcendental
publication The Dial in 1840 before joining the staff of the New York
Tribune in 1844. By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a
reputation as the best-read person in New England, male or female. Her
seminal work, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, was published in 1845
and is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.
Fuller was an advocate of women's rights and, in particular, women's
education and the right to employment. She also encouraged many other
reforms in society, including prison reform and the emancipation of
slaves in the United States. Fuller became involved with the revolution
in Italy and allied herself with Giuseppe Mazzini. She also met
Giovanni Ossoli, with whom she had a child. All three members of the
family died in a shipwreck in 1850. Fuller's body was never recovered.
Shortly after Fuller's death her importance faded; the editors who
prepared her letters to be published, believing her fame would be
short-lived, were not concerned about accuracy and censored or altered
much of her words before publication.
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