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Trials of intimacy : love and loss in the Beecher-Tilton scandal

Author: Richard Wightman Fox
Publisher: Chicago, IL ; London : University of Chicago Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The nation's leading minister stands accused of adultery. He vehemently denies the charge but confesses to being on "the ragged edge of despair." His alleged lover is a woman of mystical faith, nearly "Catholic" in her piety. Her husband, a famous writer, sues the minister for damages. A six-month trial ends inconclusively, but it holds the nation in thrall. It produces gripping drama, scathing cartoons, and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry Ward Beecher; Elizabeth M Richards Tilton; Theodore Tilton; Elizabeth Tilton; Henry Ward Beecher; Elizabeth M Richards Tilton; Theodore Tilton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wightman Fox
ISBN: 0226259382 9780226259383
OCLC Number: 41156340
Description: xi, 419 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Last Accounts, 1907, 1897, 1887 --
2. Final Stories, 1876, 1878, 1884 --
3. Public Retellings, 1874 --
4. Public Retellings, 1875 --
5. Private Retellings, Public Exposures, 1870-1873 --
6. Early Stories, 1855-1866 --
7. Early Stories, 1867-1869 --
8. The Tilton Letters, 1866-1869 --
9. Legends, Histories, 1999-1872 --
App. Documents, 1863-1874.
Responsibility: Richard Wightman Fox.
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"The nation's leading minister stands accused of adultery. He vehemently denies the charge but confesses to being on "the ragged edge of despair." His alleged lover is a woman of mystical faith, nearly "Catholic" in her piety. Her husband, a famous writer, sues the minister for damages. A six-month trial ends inconclusively, but it holds the nation in thrall. It produces gripping drama, scathing cartoons, and soul-searching editorials. Trials of Intimacy is the story of a scandal that shook American culture to the core in the 1870s because the key players were such vaunted moral leaders. In that respect there has never been another case like it - except The Scarlet Letter, to which it was constantly compared."--Jacket.

"To the nineteenth-century public, the Beecher-Tilton Scandal was an irresistible mystery. Richard Fox puts his contemporary readers into that same reverberating story, while offering it as a timeless tale of love, deception, faith, and the confounding indeterminacy of truth. Trials of Intimacy revises our conception of nineteenth-century morals and passions."--Jacket.

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