Fair Clear and Terrible: The Story of Shiloh, Maine

Shirley Nelson, Author British American Publishing $21.95 (447p) ISBN 978-0-945167-17-4
The colony of Shiloh in southern Maine was a movement in miniature of 19th century American religious extremism. Led by Frank Sanford, self-proclaimed prophet of the Second Coming of Christ--a man who may well have had a personality disorder--this repressively anti-intellectual, patriarchal community set itself apart from the world until its ``scattering'' in 1920. Novelist Nelson ( The Last Year of the War ), a descendant of Shiloh residents, tells the grim story in numbing detail enlivened by an ``insider's'' zeal. Over its 25-year lifespan, as the mission expanded, the anxiety of the members about their spiritual worthiness was exacerbated by Sanford's purging tactics. Ravaged by disease and deprivation, the colonists perdured, even after Sanford's imprisonment for manslaughter. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
Discover what to read next
TIP SHEET
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X
X