FROM THE ARCHIVES Margaret Fuller's First Conversation Series: A Discovery in the Archives University of Arizona ne of Margaret Fuller's unpublished manuscripts cataloged by the Houghton Library at Harvard University as a reading journal is not a reading journal at all. Instead, this document presents the fragmentary record of a prototype for the first series of her now-famous Boston Conversations. The manuscript proves that Fuller planned and then presided over four meetings on the subject of art in the spring or summer of 1839, several months before her Conversations began in earnest. The journal, erroneously called Reading Journal O, is housed in Houghton Library's Fuller archive.1 It consists of eleven pages written on folded sheets, recognizably in Fuller's hand. Because the manuscript is relatively short, it is transcribed and published here in its entirety. I have sought to reproduce the document as exactly as possible, and for that reason, it will be helpful to explain Fuller's idiosyncratic shorthand and explore some possible explanations for her word choices and her phrasing before proceeding to the document itself. Fuller made frequent use of slashes (/) in this manuscript and elsewhere in her private writings. These slashes generally do not indicate
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Published: Jan 10, 2001
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