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Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

"Thoroughly absorbing, lively . . . Fuller, so misunderstood in life, richly deserves the nuanced, compassionate portrait Marshall paints." and#8212; Boston Globe

Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan Marshall recounts the trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller: Thoreauand#8217;s first editor, Emersonand#8217;s close friend, daring war correspondent, tragic heroine. After her untimely death in a shipwreck off Fire Island, the sense and passion of her lifeand#8217;s work were eclipsed by scandal. Marshalland#8217;s inspired narrative brings her back to indelible life.

Whether detailing her front-page New-York Tribune editorials against poor conditions in the cityand#8217;s prisons and mental hospitals, or illuminating her late-in-life hunger for passionate experienceand#8212;including a secret affair with a young officer in the Roman Guardand#8212;Marshalland#8217;s biography gives the most thorough and compassionate view of an extraordinary woman. No biography of Fuller has made her ideas so alive or her life so moving.

and#8220;Megan Marshalland#8217;s brilliant Margaret Fuller brings us as close as we are ever likely to get to this astonishing creature. She rushes out at us from her nineteenth century, always several steps ahead, inspiring, heartbreaking, magnificent.and#8221; and#8212; Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

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"Shaping her narrative like a novel, Marshall brings the reader as close as possible to Fullerand#8217;s inner life and conveys the inspirational power she has achieved for several generations of women." and#8212; New Republic

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'The beloved author of Little Womenwas torn between pleasing her idealistic father and planting her feet in the material world.\n

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Synopsis:

"An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence ... colorful and insightful."--Martin Rubin,

Synopsis:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroineand#8212;Thoreauand#8217;s first editor, Emersonand#8217;s close friend, first female war correspondent, passionate advocate of personal and political freedom.

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Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography: "An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence...colorful and insightful."—Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times

Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters. 26 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 

Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.

About the Author

John Matteson holds doctoral degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Eden's Outcasts and is the author of The Lives of Margaret Fuller. He is a distinguished professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he lives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393333596
Subtitle:
The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
Author:
Matteson, John
Author:
Marshall, Megan
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081117
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 illustrations
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.82 lb

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Product details 512 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393333596 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 'The beloved author of Little Womenwas torn between pleasing her idealistic father and planting her feet in the material world.\n

'

"Synopsis" by , "An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence ... colorful and insightful."--Martin Rubin,
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroineand#8212;Thoreauand#8217;s first editor, Emersonand#8217;s close friend, first female war correspondent, passionate advocate of personal and political freedom.

"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography: "An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence...colorful and insightful."—Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times

Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters. 26 illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 

Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.

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