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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thanks to all of you who participated in making the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial a year to remember.  It has been a wonderful year!

To bring Fuller’s bicentennial year to a close, we will be enjoying one last celebration of her legacy, and invite you to join us at the Peabody Book Room at 13 West Street in Boston on her 201st birthday. 

A special dinner at the site of Fuller’s famed Conversations. Fuller offered these “Conversations” for women (and later men) in Boston in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s.

We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker:

Phyllis Cole, author of Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism, which was named Finalist (second place) for the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association. This engaging work reveals a well-spring of Emerson’s ideas and has revolutionized the study of his works.  Dr. Cole’s fields of specialization include American Transcendentalism and nineteenth-century American women writers.  She has served as President of the national Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.    

Special remarks will also be made by:

Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism.  Marshall is Assistant Professor at Emerson College, where she teaches narrative nonfiction writing and the art of archival research in the MFA program.  She is the author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography.  She is currently at work on a biographical study of Margaret Fuller, The Passion of Margaret Fuller: A Biographical Romance to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

This event is part of the Bicentennial’s Conversations Series, supported by a grant from Mass Humanities and should be an evening to remember.  The event is  sponsored by the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee, and is part of a year-long series of events celebrating Margaret Fuller’s life and work.


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