Margaret Fuller: “A Short Essay on Critics”


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Margaret Fuller gained wide notice during the 1840s as one of the American Transcendentalist movement’s leading voices. Her work shared ideas in common with those of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau, among other writers, yet reflected distinctive concerns that were Fuller’s own. Through her published work, she sought to influence public opinion beyond the intellectual confines of her native New England. Fuller advocated freedom of expression tempered by high...