BEECHER, Catherine E. Item #71965
BEECHER, Catharine E. TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION. A Narrative of recent transactions, involving inquiries in regard to the principles of honor, truth, and justice, which obtain in a distinguished American university. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1850. Second edition, published the same year as the first edition at New York. Beecher's first name is misspelled (Catherine) on the title-page. ,296 pp. Octavo, brown cloth, all sides blocked in blind, gilt title at spine, endpapers printed with publisher's advertising. Bookplate of Eden B. Foster (American minister, 1813-1882) at front pastedown. A mostly clean copy, despite foxing to blanks and occasional, very light foxing in margins. The top fore-corners of two leaves are nicked, and a few corners are creased from folding. The cloth shows general light soiling and some spotting, and is worn through at heel, crown and corners; the fore-corners are gently bumped. The book is solid and and reasonably bright overall; very good plus. This book relates the very personal story of Delia Salter Bacon (1811-1859), who had been a student of Beecher's at her Hartford Female Seminary, and her friendship with Alexander MacWhorter, identified in the book as Mr. A., a Yale theological graduate ten years her junior. In 1847, after two years and no prospect of marriage between the two, Leonard Bacon, Delia's brother and pastor of New Haven's First Church (Congregational), brought misconduct charges against MacWhorter in the New Haven ministerial association. Although MacWhorter was acquitted by a narrow margin, both their reputations were tarnished. However, Delia Bacon was further damaged by Beecher's well-meaning attempt to defend her in print. She moved to England where she continued to write, founding the Baconian and group theories of Shakespeare authorship which still continue to this day, all the while withdrawing gradually from public life. She became increasingly mentally unstable as time passed; she died in 1859 at the Hartford (CT) Retreat for the insane. (NAW 1).