Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) was a novelist, editor, journalist and scholar who produced a body of work remarkable for its brilliance, originality and variety, much of it inspired by a strong sense of justice and love of freedom. Little known today, in her own time she was a famously radical abolitionist. She was a student of world religions with a breadth of vision and understanding extraordinary for her time. She was lonely religiously, dissatisfied with the institutional church and hungry for spiritual nourishment.
By Joan Goodwin
Joan W. Goodwin was born Dec. 2, 1926, in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Barnard College in 1947. She is the author of The Remarkable Mrs. Ripley: The Life of Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley, published in 1998 by Northeastern University Press, and Giving Birth to Ourselves, A History of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, published by LREDA in 1999, as well as UUA curriculum publications.