Angel in the Forest: A Fairy Tale of Two Utopias
This is the first paperback edition of Marguerite Young's fascinating chronicle of two attempts to establish utopian communities in nineteenth-century America. Angel in the Forest recounts the strange tale of New Harmony, Indiana. The original community was founded in 1814 by the German mystic Father George Rapp, who, with a group of English immigrants, implemented his own theories for a perfect community, this time based on rationalism. Both experiments failed, but Young finds in both a distinctively American yearning for utopia, which continues to characterize the American spirit to this day: a tradition of faith and folly can be traced from Owen's New Moral World to George Bush's New World Order. Written with the same elegance, wit, and lyric beauty that distinguishes her fiction, Angel in the Forest was widely praised upon its first publication in 1945. This edition includes Mark Van Doren's introduction to Scribner's 1966 reprint.
Title Angel in the Forest: A Fairy Tale of Two Utopias
Author Marguerite Young
Title First Published 01 August 1994
Nb of pages 331 p.
Publication Date 01 August 1994
Nb of pages 331
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
List Price $13.95
This is a true book, conceived as great poems are conceived, and composed with the same exciting, inexhaustible energy. In the end it is history, too—more than exists elsewhere. But all the while it
In an age that is being taught to value the most 'streamlined,' I am obstinately becoming more and more convinced that the books best worth our attention are not the 'sweeping' and the 'powerful,'
If there is in Marguerite Young's book a 'too-much,' as the more literal minded may argue, it is the 'too-much' of the Renaissance imagination which delighted in excesses, the 'too-much' of a
When a poet chooses to write history, facts gain in power and in dimension. Young is a meticulous scholar, but she illumines every description of every character with her laser light of significance. Her facts radiate wit and irony and are incarcerated in human beings. -Anais Nin
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