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Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 By Margaret Fuller,

  • Title: Summer on the Lakes, in 1843
  • Author: Margaret Fuller
  • ISBN: 9780252061646
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1843 Margaret Fuller, already a well established figure in the Transcendental circle of Emerson and Thoreau, traveled by train, steamboat, carriage, and on foot to make a roughly circular tour of the Great Lakes Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 was Margaret Fuller s first original book length work, the product of her journey through what was then considered the far westernIn 1843 Margaret Fuller, already a well established figure in the Transcendental circle of Emerson and Thoreau, traveled by train, steamboat, carriage, and on foot to make a roughly circular tour of the Great Lakes Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 was Margaret Fuller s first original book length work, the product of her journey through what was then considered the far western frontier in mid nineteenth century America The book is, at least in part, an intensely personal account of Fuller s own inner life during the summer of 1843 She shared with the Transcendentalists the belief that internal travel what Emerson called travel within the mind was the most significant kind of journey Her travel away from New England to visit such places as Niagara Falls, Mackinac Island, and Rock River, Illinois, is symbolic of a larger journey that Fuller was making in her mind her departure from Emersonian idealism and her subsequent revision of Transcendentalism The result is a particularly rich form of autobiography Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 occupies a pivotal position in Margaret Fuller s development as a writer, a Transcendentalist, and a feminist This portfolio of sketches, poems, stories, anecdotes, dialogues, reflections, and accounts of a leisurely journey to the Great Lakes is, at once, an external and an internal travelogue Drawing on historical sources, contemporary travel books, and her own firsthand experience of life in prairie land, Fuller used the opportunity of visiting the frontier to meditate on the state of her own life and of life in America both as they were and as she hoped they might become from the Introduction Fuller gets directly to the essential spirit of the new land Babette Inglehart, Chicago State University
    Summer on the Lakes in In Margaret Fuller already a well established figure in the Transcendental circle of Emerson and Thoreau traveled by train steamboat carriage and on foot to make a roughly circular tour of t

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    1. Fuller s insights on her travels are interesting, but she makes many digressions which are sometimes hard to follow.

    2. An idiosyncratic text that is really like a retroactive commonplace book It contains elements of travel writing, feminist critique, a mini play, poetry, translation, Native legends, secondhand stories, and allegorical dialogue My favorite section is the opening reflection on Niagara.

    3. Fuller s Transcendentalist travelogue of her journey west to Niagara, the Great Lakes, Chicago, the lakeside communities of Illinois, and the Wisconsin territory is than an antebellum travel guide The book is an exercise in Transcendentalist self exploration Writing in a digressive sketchbook style, Fuller sought to capture her poetic impressions, which she believed would convey intuitive truth about her world Fuller s impression reveal much about her attitudes toward the Native Americans, her [...]

    4. This book includes than the author s journal of her summer on the lakes In it are some of her poems, essays, communications with friends, and writings of others I particularly enjoyed the description of her lake trip describing the Chicago area in 1843 when it was a small settlement She also visited Mackinac Island and told of the great Indian gathering there Her outlook on education, pioneering, and other topics is quite modern for her day, explaining why she faced such opposition to her views [...]

    5. A discontinuous, digressive account of Fuller s travels on and around the Great Lakes in 1843 when Michigan and Wisconsin were the Western frontier Likely to appeal most to those who are interested in the Transcendentalists, early feminism, Midwest history, or Margaret Fuller herself That s me in a nutshell hence all those stars.

    6. I ve read parts of this before, but this time I was bothered by her intellectual and class snobbishness How did I not notice it before Her critiques of the white settlers slovenly homes really bugged Still, her descriptions of the scenery are cool.

    7. This book is boring and dull There is no conceivable plot It is a travel journal than anything else, with a great care paid attention to the details of the prairies and trees and flowers but little to other people or anything of true substance.

    8. I thought this was a wonderful account of her journeys and experience I love to see a memory of history through the eyes of someone that was there.

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