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Heaven's Bride

The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman
Schmidt, Leigh Eric (Book - 2010)
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A prize-winning historian traces the life and accomplishments of the 19th-century activist for women's rights and free speech, featuring coverage of her arrests for promoting progressive views about sexuality and her role as a case subject by an early Freudian scholar.

Perseus Publishing
A prize-winning scholar recounts the life of Ida C. Craddock, American visionary, free-thinking secularist, sex reformer, brainy folklorist, and eclectic spiritualist

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.



Blackwell Publishing
The nineteenth-century eccentric Ida C. Craddock was by turns a secular, freethinker, a religious visionary, a civil-liberties advocateùand deemed a grave danger to the public morality for her candor about sexuality. Craddock's legal problems began when she offered a spirited defense of belly dancing, first introduced to American audiences at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. Thereafter she became persona non grata to the great vice-crusader Anthony Comstock who saw such performances as abominations.

Arrested and tried repeatedly on obscenity charges, she had become by the end of her life 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 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the life of the nineteenth-century activist for women's rights and free speech, featuring her arrests for promoting progressive views about sexuality and her role as a case subject by an early Freudian scholar.

Authors: Schmidt, Leigh Eric
Statement of Responsibility: Leigh Eric Schmidt
Title: Heaven's bride
the unprintable life of Ida C. Craddock, American mystic, scholar, sexologist, martyr, and madwoman
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010
Characteristics: xv, 335 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-316) and index
Subject Headings: Erotica United States Occultists United States Biography Craddock, Ida C
Topical Term: Erotica
Occultists
ISBN: 0465002986
9780465002986
Branch Call Number: B Craddock S
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