Romantic Recoveries (1841–1842)

Charles Capper

in Margaret Fuller

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195396324
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852703 | DOI:
Romantic Recoveries (1841–1842)

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This chapter examines the developments in the career of Margaret Fuller during the period from 1841 to 1842. In mid-February 1841, she wrote a letter to her friend William Channing, and two days after wrote in her journal her wish to become a heroic man. She later wrote Conversations in the Dial, which were densely esoteric and relentlessly allegorical stories. She followed this up with flower tales, also published in the Dial. These were “Yuca Filamentosa” which exploited the ancient esoteric dualisms of masculine/sun and feminine/moon found in much German Romantic writing and “The Magnolia of Lake Pontchartrain” which is about a voluble orange tree that has become a lonely and barren magnolia.

Keywords: Margaret Fuller; William Channing; German Romantic writing; allegorical stories; flower tales

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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