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Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic : The Essential Ida Craddock - Vere Chappell

Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic

The Essential Ida Craddock

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Sex, Magick, Aleister Crowley, Orgasms, Erotic Dances, Angelic Beings, Revolutionary Activism, Liberation, Persecution, Defiance, and Suicide. Persecuted by Anthony Comstock and his Society for the Suppression of Vice, this turn-of-the-century heroine was also a spiritualist who learned many secrets of high magick through her claimed wedlock to an angelic being. Born in Philadelphia in 1857, Ida Craddock became involved in occultism around the age of thirty. She attended classes at the Theosophical Society and began studying a tremendous amount of materials on various occult subjects. She taught correspondence courses to women and newly married couples to educate them on the sacred nature of sex, maintaining that her explicit knowledge came from her nightly experiences with an angel named Soph. In 1902, she was arrested under New York's anti-obscenity laws and committed suicide to avoid life in an asylum. Now for the first time, scholar Vere Chappell has compiled the most extensive collection of Craddock's work including original essays, diary excerpts, and suicide letters--one to her mother and one to the public.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Editorial Conventionsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Belly Dancing in Chicagop. 1
The Danse Du Ventre (1893)p. 7
Spiritual Unionp. 21
Heavenly Bridegrooms (1894)p. 45
Postscript: From Ida's Diary (1895)p. 138
Sexual Mysticismp. 141
Psychic Wedlock (1895)p. 149
Spiritual Joys (Excerpt From "The Marriage Relation," 1900)p. 167
Social Reformp. 173
Right Marital Living (1899)p. 178
The Wedding Night (1900)p. 204
Sacrificep. 217
Letter from Prison (1902)p. 230
Ida's Last Letter to Her Mother (1902)p. 232
Ida's Last Letter to the Public (1902)p. 235
Epiloguep. 243
Appendixp. 245
Aleister Crowley's Review of Heavenly Bridegroomsp. 246
Referencesp. 249
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ISBN: 9781578634767
ISBN-10: 1578634768
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36