Trials of Intimacy
Love and Loss in the Beecher-Tilton Scandal
Henry Ward Beecher was pastor of Brooklyn's Plymouth Church and for many the "representative man" of mid-nineteenth century America. Elizabeth Tilton was the wife of Beecher's longtime intimate friend Theodore. His accusation of "criminal conversation" between Henry and Elizabeth confronted the American public with entirely new dilemmas about religion and intimacy, privacy and publicity, reputation and celebrity. The scandal spotlighted a series of comic and tragic loves and betrayals among these three figures, with a supporting cast that included Victoria Woodhull, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
To readers at the time, the Beecher-Tilton Scandal was an irresistible mystery. Richard Fox puts his 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. And it is an American history richly resonant with present-day dramas.
One: Last Accounts, 1907, 1897, 1887
Two: Final Stories, 1876, 1878, 1884
Three: Public Retellings, 1874
Four: Public Retellings, 1875
Five: Private Retellings, Public Exposures, 1870-1873
Six: Early Stories, 1855-1866
Seven: Early Stories, 1867-1869
Eight: The Tilton Letters, 1866-1869
Nine: Legends, Histories, 1999-1872
Appendix: Documents, 1863-1874
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