Heaven's Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman

Heaven's Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman

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by Leigh Eric Schmidt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465002986

ISBN-13: 9780465002986

Pub. Date: 12/07/2010

Publisher: Basic Books


The nineteenth-century eccentric Ida C. Craddock was by turns a secular freethinker, a religious visionary, a civil-liberties advocate, and a resolute defender of belly-dancing. Arrested and tried repeatedly on obscenity charges, she was deemed a danger to public morality for her candor about sexuality. By the end of her life Craddock, the nemesis of the notorious

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The nineteenth-century eccentric Ida C. Craddock was by turns a secular freethinker, a religious visionary, a civil-liberties advocate, and a resolute defender of belly-dancing. Arrested and tried repeatedly on obscenity charges, she was deemed a danger to public morality for her candor about sexuality. By the end of her life Craddock, the nemesis of the notorious vice crusader Anthony Comstock, had become a favorite of free-speech defenders and women’s rights activists. She soon became as well the case-history darling of one of America’s earliest and most determined Freudians.

In Heaven’s Bride, prize-winning historian Leigh Eric Schmidt offers a rich biography of this forgotten mystic, who occupied the seemingly incongruous roles of yoga priestess, suppressed sexologist, and suspected madwoman. In Schmidt’s evocative telling, Craddock’s story reveals the beginning of the end of Christian America, a harbinger of spiritual variety and sexual revolution.

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ISBN-13:
9780465002986
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Heaven's Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carterj98 More than 1 year ago
A sad but compelling story. Craddock was anything but normal--she was brilliant--but the persecution she suffered was enough to drive her mad. Anyone interested in women's roles in society at the turn oft the 20th century will find this book fascinating. Craddock has never had the fame of Lucy Stone or the other fighters for women's freedom from female slavery, but Schmidt has brought her to the fore. Moreover, Schmidt has put another hail into the coffin of Anthony Comstock, one man who should live in infamy. Well-written, well researched.