"Miss Fuller"

Jul 19, 2012

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Margaret Fuller was a force of nature. Born in 1810, her father gave her a rigorous education. The trailblazing feminist was also a journalist and favorite of Emerson – who made her editor of the dial, the voice of New England transcendentalism.  Margaret Fuller could also be opinionated, and was scorned for her unconventional manners. She may be better known for her awful death – drowning with her Italian lover and infant son in a shipwreck pitifully close to Fire Island – than for her powerful intellect.  April Bernard re-imagines that watery grave in “Miss Fuller,” a new historical novel about the largely forgotten woman who proposed to open young ladies eyes to the larger world. April Bernard is a novelist, poet and director of creative writing at Skidmore College.