Westport Public Library will host a talk by author John Matteson on his new book "The Lives of Margaret Fuller" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Before Fuller died at 40 in a shipwreck, she developed into an influential journalist, critic and women's rights advocate, according to a library news release. Her book, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century," is considered the first major feminist work in the United States, the release states.

Fuller was one of the most famous -- and controversial -- figures of the 19th century and had a strong impact on American culture, the release states.

Matteson, awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for "Eden's Outcasts," holds a law degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Columbia University. He is a professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and deputy director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography in New York City, the release states.

The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing afterward.

For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit westportlibrary.org.