Sunday, May 24, 2009

I accept the universe!

Yesterday marked the birthday of Margaret Fuller. The life and thought of this extraordinary soul will be celebrated at next year's General Assembly (I am on the committee helping to plan events-if anyone has ideas for what we could do that would be truly valuable please write and let me know)

Happy birthday and blessings

2 comments:

The Eclectic Cleric said...

"By God, she'd better..." But of course I can't remember the precise rejoinder, who who first uttered it. Fuller is such a complicated subject (or maybe I just haven't spend enough time in her more recent biographies), but even her original memoirists (Emerson, Clarke, WH Channing if memory serves) tried to tone her down in order to make her into something she never was. And yet at the same time, she has become an emblem for all sort of other agendas in the modern era of gender politics, while the REAL Margaret Fuller may never be truly known. Zenobia, perhaps? But how does the Marchese Ossoli square with that? Her premature death (and the loss of her manuscript documenting the history of the failed Italian revolution) only adds to her mystery. Will the real Margaret Fuller please stand up?

boston unitarian said...

Its good to hear from you! I have been following your journey and, of course, you remain in my prayers.
I think the rejoinder was, "Egad, she better!" and I usually see it attributed to Hawthorne but have also seen it attributed to Carlyle...
She really does seem larger than life...
Take good care and Blessings, BU