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Noyesism Unveiled: A History of the Sect Self-Styled Perfectionist s; with a Summary View of their Leading Doctrines....
Brattleboro: by the Author, 1849. Octavo, some browning, a fine copy in blind-stamped publisher's cloth, gilt title on spine. First edition: a lurid denunciation of John Humphrey Noyes's famous American utopian community at Putney.Noyes was the charismatic founder of the 'Perfectionist' community in Putney Vermont. Already suspect to Church authorities, Noyes's belief that the Second Coming had taken place was controversial, and his rejection of monogamy in favour of a rigorously controlled 'complex' of marriages, infamous.Noyesism Unveiled, by the otherwise unknown writer Hubbard Eastman, resident of Putney, was one of the key texts designed, as Eastman admitted with alliterative elan, to 'exhibit the pernicious principles propagated by Mr. Noyes and his coadjutors.' Indeed, the outraged locals did compel the Perfectionists to move, which led to the founding of the famous community in Oneida, New York. Oneida flourished for over thirty years, and although it continued to be accused of free love and heathenism, it quickly solidified into a reasonably strict and regimented society, famous for unisex outfits, eugenics, and regular 'criticism sessions' in which congregants were publically humiliated for misdemeanours....
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