Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic – Vere Chappell

A biography and anthology of the works of Ida Craddock, an influential early twentieth-century sex educator and spiritualist.

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San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2010. Paperback, xxiv+258 pages. New.

This book is a welcome addition to a growing body of literature studying the life and works of Ida Craddock, a turn-of-the-century sexologist and occult scholar. She became infamous for teaching correspondence courses for newlyweds and women on the importance of viewing sex as a sacred act, at a time when, for a unmarried woman to speak openly about the pleasures of sex was highly controversial. Her claim that her teachings about sacred sexuality came in part, from her ‘angelic husband’, with whom she had regular intercourse, led to her being branded as mentally ill. She was arrested in 1902 under New York’s anti-obscenity laws, and, rather than face imprisonment in an asylum, tragically took her own life.

Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic is both a biography and anthology of Craddock’s work, and includes the essay “Heavenly Bridegrooms” of which Aleister Crowley gave a glowing review in The New Equinox, stating that “No Magick library is complete without it!” With an introduction by Mary K. Greer, this is an enthralling and fascinating book, which sheds much light on the work and life of this amazing woman and her influence on contemporary occultism.

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