a new American life
pt. II. Cambridge : 5. The young lady's friends ; 6. Elective affinities
pt. III. Groton and Providence : 7."My heart has no proper home" ; 8. "Returned into life" ; 9. "Bringing my opinions to the test"
pt. IV. Concord, Boston, Jamaica Plain : 10. "What were we born to do?" ; 11. "The gospel of Transcendentalism" ; 12. Communities and Covenants ; 13. "The newest new world"
pt. V. New York : 14. "I stand in the sunny noon of life" ; 15. "Flying on the paper wings of every day" ; 16. "A human secret, like my own"
pt. VI. Europe : 17. Lost on Ben Lomond ; 18. "Rome has grown up in my soul" ; 19. "A being born wholly of my being"
pt. VII. Homeward : 20. "I have lived in a much more full and true way" ; 21. "No favorable wind."
The author tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley's offer to be the New York Tribune's front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son. Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller's fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her life's work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall's inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life. --Book jacket.
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