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Special Love/Special Sex: An Oneida Community Diary (Utopianism & Communitarianism)
The recently discovered diary of an Oneida Community member written between 1876 and 1877 deals with love, aggression, jealousy, and the conflict between private desire and public good. Victor Hawley was a thirty-year-old dental assistant with a passion for collecting butterflies, who fell in love with Mary Jones, another colony member. Because of the community's unique so ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Syracuse University Publications in Continuing Education
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This was part of my research for my novel-in-progress, Perfecting Eden, which is a fictional account of the lives of my ancestors in the Oneida Community. Mary Jones, the woman at the center of Victor Hawley's heart and diary, was my great-great-aunt, and she is a fascinating character for a novelist. Victor's diary offers an intriguing look at Oneida, particularly the methods the powerful elite used in their attempts to control the younger and less privileged members.