Heaven’s Bride

Ida Craddock (1857-1902)earned notoriety as an advocate of women’s rights, a student of humansexuality, and a proponent of mystical exploration in an era that felt allthree territories (to say nothing of belly-dancing, of which she was somethingof a devotee) were better left unexamined. Her remarkable and bracinglyeccentric life, recounted here by Leigh Eric Schmidt, represents theintersection of free speech, psychiatry, sex, spiritualism, and politics, ayeasty nexus still pulsating today.