Lippard, George

1822 - 1854

American novelist, journalist, friend of Edgard Allan Poe and political activist (the secret society he created, The Brotherhood of the Union / Brotherhood of America, was to have as its goal the amelioration of social ills and injustice; the group survived into the 1990s). Gothically speaking, Lippard is of significance primarily for one work, The Quaker City, or Monk of Monk's Hall (1844-45), a weird, over-the-top, thickly plotted novel of lust, murder, ghosts, and political diatribes -- a novel defended by some on the grounds of social criticism but seen by others as little more than pornographic and sadistic sensationalism. Some of Lippard's other works, such as The Ladye Annabel, show Gothic influence in their descriptions of torture, decaying corpses, and other elements of literary horror.

Brief biographical note
[Mark Lause, American Labor History]
Brief biographical note
The Quaker City
Part of a larger literary blog site, this page has links to info about Lippard as well as to an annotated etext of Lippard's most notorious novel.
Brief biographical note
Includes select bibliography. [Perspectives on American Literature; Paul Reuben, Cal State Stanislaus]
Brief biographical note
Focuses on Lippard's social activism-cum-mysticism [The Fraternitas Rosę Crucis]
"Monks, Devils and Quakers"
Discussion of Lippard and The Quaker City [Edward Pettit, Philadephia CityPaper.Net]
George Lippard page
Part of the Early American Fiction project at UVa, this page has links only to a couple of very brief biographical remarks.
[Metropolitan Museum of Art]
Lippard's Grave
[The Quaker City; Edward Pettit]

The Quaker City; or The Monks of Monk Hall
- at OpenLibrary
An e-facsimile of Lippard's most notorious novel
- at Omnigatherum [Edward Pettit]

Excerpt [Georges Dodd]
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Essays and Reviews:
"Haunted Houses: George Lippard, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Middle-Class America"
By Shelly Streeby.

"Poe's Devoted Democrat, George Lippard"
By Emilio De Grazia. Discusses the Poe/Lippard relationship.
"George Lippard."