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Quaker Armor in S. Weir Mitchell's Fiction

Quaker Armor in S. Weir Mitchell's Fiction

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Did the 19th century version of the Quaker testimony on Equality extend to lovers of their own sex, such as Walt Whitman, Henry Clapp, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B Anthony, Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, and Henry Scott Tuke? Two decades of my research suggests that it did. But how did Friends manage to negotiate the dangerous backlash inherent in Victorian society? My answer has always been that they were protected behind “the fence” of Quaker prohibitions against the arts and against worldly fashion. This is further suggested by S. Weir Mitchell, Walt Whitman's physician, and author of the extremely queer novel, Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker.
Did the 19th century version of the Quaker testimony on Equality extend to lovers of their own sex, such as Walt Whitman, Henry Clapp, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B Anthony, Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, and Henry Scott Tuke? Two decades of my research suggests that it did. But how did Friends manage to negotiate the dangerous backlash inherent in Victorian society? My answer has always been that they were protected behind “the fence” of Quaker prohibitions against the arts and against worldly fashion. This is further suggested by S. Weir Mitchell, Walt Whitman's physician, and author of the extremely queer novel, Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker.

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Published by: Mitchell Santine Gould on Oct 15, 2013
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