A new biography of Margaret Fuller, the Boston blue-stocking and feminist, brings a new dimension of understanding. Miss Fuller herself said in the full tide; of her intellectualism- ""it is a sad lot to have a man's ambition and a woman's heart"". For her it proved rather than sad, tragic. And with a new emphasis on the emotional landscape of her life, one witnesses the rigid puritanism of Margaret Fuller's childhood, her early ambitions toward perfectability; her first platonic attachments which reached their zenith with Emerson and William Ellery Channing. Miss Fuller as schoolteacher, Miss Fuller conducting her famous causeries in Boston, Miss Fuller as the only feminine member of the Transcendalist Club- all this story of Boston's hideous rage for culture is told with historical skill, while recognizing her resentment of her spinsterhood. In the last years of her life, she achieved the trip to Europe which brought her love- a husband- and a; child in Italy, and the shortlived fulfillment which ended in the tragic shipwreck on her return to America.... Her life is morethan a twice told tale, but this new biography has tenderness and compassion, greater detachment from its subject's mistaken sense of mission, and a personalized approach which will reward its readers.