Published in 2000 by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
A fascinating biography of James Pierrepont Greaves (1777-1842), who was known as 'the Sacred Socialist'. After a mystical experience in 1817 Greaves's life was changed and he called himself a 'sacred socialist', in contrast with the material or physical socialism of his rival Robert Owen (1771-1858). Both men established communities in the hope of reforming the world. Greaves started Alcott House, at Ham Common in Surrey as a centre for his new order which supported hydropathy, mesmerism, phrenology, celibacy, pacifism astrology and a vegetarian diet. This volume traces both his life and those of some of his followers. It includes an extensive and useful index.
'This is the first book-length study of James Pierrepont Greaves, the mystic, idealist, and sacred socialist. It explores the effects of his teaching on his very disparate followers and particularly on the community, Alcott House, he established. The book's chapters on Sophia Chichester, the ultraradical supporter of Greaves, will be of particular interest to feminists.'
There is a short note on the inside back cover.
Complete with original unclipped dust jacket which has some very minor wear. The boards and pages are in a good clean condition with a sound binding. A few of the pages have a small corner turned over.