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Indiana History Book Discussion Group (Genealogy Dept.)

  • Shelby County Public Library - Carnegie East Wing 33 West Broadway Street Shelbyville, IN, 46176 United States (map)

An Indiana History Book Club meets monthly in the library's Genealogy and History Dept. of the library.

The discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of most months. At this meeting, we will be discussing Angel in the Forest by Marguerite Young. Books are available in the Genealogy Dept.

This department is located in the library's annex, the Carnegie East Wing. 

Donna Dennison, Genealogy Department Head, will lead the discussion. Questions? (317) 398-7002 or ddennison@sscpl.lib.in.us.


This is the first paperback edition of Marguerite Young’s fascinating chronicle of two attempts to establish utopian communities in nineteenth-century America.?”Angel in the Forest” recounts the strange tale of New Harmony, Indiana. The original community was founded in 1814 by the German mystic Father George Rapp, who, with a group of English immigrants, implemented his own theories for a perfect community, this time based on rationalism. Both experiments failed, but Young finds in both a distinctively American yearning for utopia, which continues to characterize the American spirit to this day: a tradition of faith and folly can be traced from Owen’s New Moral World to George Bush’s New World Order. Written with the same elegance, wit, and lyric beauty that distinguishes her fiction, ?”Angel in the Forest”?was widely praised upon its first publication in 1945. This edition includes Mark Van Doren’s introduction to Scribner’s 1966 reprint....
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