This groundbreaking, mid-century book expanded an essay Fuller published in the July 1843 issue of The Dial, under the title of “The Great Lawsuit.–Man versus Men; Woman versus Women.” In the process of arguing for woman’s equality, she turned to a consideration of female authors:
Another sign of the times is furnished by the triumphs of Female Authorship. These have been great, and are constantly increasing. Women have taken possession of so many provinces for which men had pronounced them unfit, that, though these still declare there are some inaccessible to them, it is difficult to say just where they must stop.
Boston Public Library, Rare Books & Manuscripts