These Sad But Glorious Days: Dispatches from Europe, 1846-1850

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Travel - 338 pages

Margaret Fuller--journalist, critic, radical feminist, and political activist--traveled in Europe between 1846 and 1850 as a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune. Her letters from England, France, and Italy, which began as engaging travel sketches, soon became moving accounts of the most widespread revolutionary upheaval within modern history. These dispatches are now reproduced in their entirety for the first time

Fuller met important political figures wherever she traveled, including those who became leaders in the revolutions, and she actively allied herself with the republican cause. Her letters describe how from her apartment in Rome she saw the November 1848 attack on the Quirinal Palace, which precipitated the Pope’s flight from the city and the establishment of the Roman Republic headed by her friend Giuseppe Mazzi∋ how she and the Romans (who included her lover Giovanni Ossoli, a captain in the Civic Guard) suffered through the June 1849 siege and bombardment of Rome by the French army sent to restore the Pope; and how as director of a hospital on Tiber Island, she nursed the wounded who fell in the defense of the city.

The dispatches, edited and annotated by Larry J. Reynolds and Susan Belasco Smith, are introduced by an essay explaining the historical and professional context in which the letters were written.

 

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"These Sad But Glorious Days" is a series of columns published in the New-York Tribune, collected together. The bits where Fuller was in England were among the more interesting, as she relates a first ... Read full review

Contents

Editorial Note
9
Short Titles and Abbreviations
11
Introduction 1
31
First Impressions of England
39
From Chester to the Lake Country
49
Tourist Attractions
59
The Notables of Edinburgh
62
Lost on Ben Lomond
69
RainyDays Observations
177
The Pope and His People
184
Kingcraft and Priestcraft
199
The Springtime Revolutions of 48
209
Noble Sentiment and the Loss of the Pope
217
The Summer of 48
231
Revolution in Rome
238
Republican Rome
247

Scenes of Beauty and Sorrow
78
The Cause of Progress
82
The World of London
87
Sights and Celebrities
93
From London to Paris
102
Art Music and Ether
112
The Need for Radical Reform
118
From Paris to Naples
126
Art Politics and the Hope of Rome
131
Summer in Northern Italy
139
The Italian Lakes and the Coming Storm
146
Italian Patriotism
155
New and Old World Democracy
161
Roman Sights and Ceremonies
167
The Uncertain Future
254
Kings Republicans and American Artists
260
Arrival of the French
274
Between the Heaves of Storm
277
Negotiations and Betrayal
285
Rome under Siege
295
Bombardment and Defeat
302
A Retrospect
312
The State of Italy
316
The Next Revolution
320
List of Emendations
326
Index
329
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