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Download the introduction to the forthcoming The Spirit Leads: Margaret Fuller in Her Own Words (PDF, 14 pages), by Rev. Barry Andrews, a leading scholar on Transcendentalism.
This free download is offered to everyone, but may be especially useful to ministers and other worship leaders as a tool for writing a sermon for the bicentennial of Margaret Fuller's birth on Sunday, May 23, 2010.
This 4,500-word original essay provides a biographical sketch of Fuller, presents key quotations from her writings, and explains her significance as a public intellectual. Andrews describes the impact of her thought and action both within the context of her time and for us today. It is an ideal primer on Fuller on which to base a sermon or begin further research.
Margaret Fuller was a lifelong Unitarian and a leading public intellectual of her time. A contemporary of Emerson and Thoreau, she has yet to be elevated by history to her rightful place among her peers. In addition to serving as editor of the Transcendentalist magazine, The Dial, and writing her manifesto Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Fuller was an international, cosmopolitan figure whose influence transcends the provincialism of New England and nineteenth-century American culture.
“Barry Andrews is preeminent in making our Transcendentalist forebears present to us. Here he introduces the wide-ranging genius of Margaret Fuller, and offers a rich selection of pertinent words from her public and private writings.”—Rev. Gordon Gibson, president, Unitarian Universalist Historical Society
“Barry Andrews presents expertly chosen selections from among Margaret Fuller’s public and private writings. This elegant volume is a rich testimony to her intellectual depth and her strong commitments to the power of art and the pursuit of justice.”—David Robinson, author, The Unitarians and the Universalists and Emerson and the Conduct of Life
“What a great resource! The combination of biographical sketch, commentary on Fuller’s spiritual and intellectual development, and her own words makes this slim volume an excellent starting place for those who wish to understand why Margaret Fuller matters even today.” —Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson, co-chair, Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee
Barry Andrews is a leading authority on the Transcendentalist movement. His books include Emerson as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson’s Essays for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion and Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion, both published by Skinner House Books.
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Last updated on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.
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