Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace GreeleyÃ¢ÂÂs offer to be the New-York TribuneÃ¢ÂÂs front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son.
Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after FullerÃ¢ÂÂs fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her lifeÃ¢ÂÂs work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. MarshallÃ¢ÂÂs inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life.
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