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Summer on the Lakes, in 1843

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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 western
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by University of Illinois Press (first published January 1st 1970)
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Nicole Aceto
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Fuller's insights on her travels are interesting, but she makes many digressions which are sometimes hard to follow.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
An idiosyncratic text that is really more 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.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fuller’s Transcendentalist travelogue of her journey west – ( to Niagara, the Great Lakes, Chicago, the lakeside communities of Illinois, and the Wisconsin territory) - is more 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 A ...more
Donna Winters
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book includes more 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 h ...more
Stephanie Carpenter
Apr 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
This book is boring and dull. There is no conceivable plot. It is more 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.
Regan Ziegler
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, more commonly known as Margaret Fuller, (May 23, 1810 – July 19, 1850) was a journalist, critic and women's rights activist associated with the American transcendental movement. She was the first full-time female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.

Born Sarah Margaret Fu
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