- Madame Presidentess (Fiction)
- Nicole Evelina, 2016.
- This novel, like many of the recent novels, appears
to be inspired the most by Barbara Goldsmith's biography, "Other Powers,"
which is the most inaccurate of all the Woodhull biographies. The
novelist claims her book adheres closely to history but that's difficult to
believe when she has an adult Josie Mansfield performing with Victoria in
San Francisco around 1855-1856. In reality Josie Mansfield would've
been around 9 or younger at the time she informs Victoria that her son is an
"idiot." It would be more accurate to say the novelist adheres closely to
Barbara Goldsmith. The one area where the novel diverges from
Goldsmith's interpretation is on the topic of sexual abuse. Evelina
chooses to depict Victoria's father Buck as physically but not sexually
abusive. The novel begins with Victoria's childhood in Homer, Ohio,
and ends with her January 1873 speech at Cooper Union in New York City.
There's an afterword by the author that provides a small slice of what
happened to Victoria after the novel ends. The author also has notes to
explain some of her choices in constructing her narrative the way she did.
The book won first place in the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.
- Renegade Queen (Fiction)
- The author's notes say "Victoria's life
is open to interpretation, and I have taken the sympathetic view." The
novel opens with "I was conceived in a whore's tent at a Methodist Revival."
Imagine what the first sentence would've been if she had taken the
unsympathetic view! The first chapter of Renegade Queen was obviously
inspired by Barbara Goldsmith's questionable account of Victoria's
conception. The Renegade Queen followed Goldsmith's lead in portraying Buck
Claflin as a sexual abuser and uses sexual abuse as a theme to demonstrate
the wretched state of Victorian society. The novel covers Victoria's life
from her conception until she sails to England in 1877. In some
respects the book is a romance of Victoria Woodhull and her second husband
Colonel Blood. He's portrayed as the "Hero of Vicksburg." The novel
received the 2016 IPPY Gold Medal for Adult Fiction.
- Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume One: Rise to Riches
- Neal Katz, 2015.
Outrageous has a unique distinction as an example of the phenomenon of
spirit channeling. The author genuinely believes that he channeled the
spirit of Victoria Woodhull and others while writing this book. The details
provided about the birth of Victoria's daughter Zula suggest that the author
was actually channeling the spirit of Barbara Goldsmith who was very much
alive at the time this book was written. Both Katz and Goldsmith have
Zula born in a tenement at 53 Bond Street. That would be as ridiculous as
saying someone was born in a tenement in Trump Tower. Prior to the Civil War
Bond Street was the enclave of the rich in New York City. By the time
Zula was born the character of the neighborhood was shifting to a middle
class and professional neighborhood of doctors and lawyers. The rich
were abandoning Bond Street for Fifth Avenue, but the Bond Street
neighborhood definitely wasn't a poor one in 1861. Because this
book was inspired by Barbara Goldsmith, it depicts Buck as a sexual abuser
in ways some readers may find disturbing. Katz chose to write his
novel as a series, which is probably a good choice as Victoria's life was so
rich and complicated it's not conducive to a short narrative. The
novel has won multiple awards: 2016 Winner of Best New Fiction in the
International Book Awards, a Ben Franklin Award from the Independent Book
Publishers Association, the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a
Publisher, and the IPPY Award for Best Historical Fiction. It was a finalist
in the Historical Fiction category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book
Awards and a second place winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for best
- Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the
Battle for the Soul of Marriage (Non-Fiction)
Cindy Peyser Safronoff, 2015.
- Crossing Swords
compares and contrasts the views of Christian Scientist Mary Baker Eddy and
Spiritualist Victoria Woodhull on the topics of love and marriage.
Instead of hiding her bias, the author readily admits up front that she's a
Christian Scientist which makes her more sympathetic to the views of Eddy.
The book begins with a history of religion and marrage in the United States
before it gets down to the culture war exemplified by the views of Eddy and
Woodhull. Unlike Goldsmith's book the citations are actually usable.
The book is slim compared to other non-fiction books about Victoria, but the
author is working on an expanded volume that will cover Eddy's continued war
against "Free Love" and the shift of some Spiritualists to Christian
- The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and
Scandal in the Gilded Age (Non-Fiction)
Myra MacPherson, 2014.
The Scarlet Sisters
is a biography of Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her
rambunctious sister Tennessee Claflin. While there's some information about
the life of Tennessee that didn't appear in previous biographies, much of
what's written about Victoria seems to be a recap of all the biographies
that have come before it. For those who haven't read a biography about
Victoria Woodhull, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a better
introduction to Victoria Woodhull than Barbara Goldsmith's "Other Powers."
For those who have read extensively about Victoria and are craving new
stories, the book would be a disappointment. It doesn't break new ground the
way Amanda Frisken or Lois Beachy Underhill did. The Scarlet Sisters'
strength is reflecting on the Claflin sister's past struggle for women's
rights in order to shed light on today's feminist issues.
- The Coming Woman: A Novel Based on the Life of the Infamous Feminist,
Victoria Woodhull (Fiction)
Karen J. Hicks, 2014.
- Coming Woman begins with
Victoria's announcement of her candidacy for the presidency in 1870 and ends
with the Beecher-Tilton scandal. There are flashbacks of her earlier
life and a fictionalized epilogue. The writer first learned about
Victoria in 1980 before Goldsmith published her book, so it relies less on
"Other Powers" than other more recent novels, although Goldsmith's influence
is still felt.
- Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and
- Cari M Carpenter,
- History students and professors will
apreciate this volume which contains several of Victoria Woodhull's own
works. The contents of the book are listed below by category:
*A Page of American history. A New Constitution of the United
States of the World Proposed for the Consideration of the Constructors of
Our Future Government (1872), presented 1870 in Lincoln Hall, Washington DC.
*The Memorial of Victoria C. Woodhull, Jan. 11, 1871, Congress, Washington
*Constitutional Equality, an essay from Congressional Reports on
Woman Suffrage, 1871, based on the speech, A Legal and Moral View of
Constitutional Equality, Feb. 16, 1871, Lincoln Hall, Washington DC,
Great Secession Speech, May 11, 1871, Apollo Hall, NYC.
*A Speech on the
Principles of Social Freedom, Nov. 20, 1871, Steinway Hall, NYC.
Speech on the Impending Revolution Feb. 1, 1872 in Boston and Feb. 20, 1872
Academy of Music NY, reprinted in Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly on Nov 1,
*Speech at the Ratification Meeting of the Equal Rights Party,
Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, June 22, 1872, p. 10-11.
*The Naked Truth;
or the Situation Reviewed, Jan 9, 1873, Cooper Institute, NYC.
*Reformation or Revolution, Which? or, Behind the Political Scenes, Oct. 17,
1873, Cooper Institute, NYC.
*The Elixir of Life; or, Why Do We Die?,
Sep. 18, 1873, Grow's Opera House, Chicago.
*The Scare-Crows of Sexual
Slavery, Aug. 18, 1873, Silver Lake Camp Meeting, Massachusetts.
As By Fire; or, the True and the False, Socially, published 1874, delivered
150 nights on a lecture tour.
*Stirpiculture; or, the Scientific
Propagation of the Human Race, Feb. 1888, London.
Multiplication of the Unfit, 1891, published in London and NY.
*The Correspondence Between the Victoria League and Victoria C.
Woodhull, c. July 1871.
*Victoria C. Woodhull's complete and detailed
version of the Beecher-Tilton affair (Contains transcript of the Nov. 2,
1872 Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly) published by J. Bradley Adams, obtained
from Princeton University.
*Excerpt from The Garden of Eden; or Paradise
Lost and Found, published in London by Culliford, no date (Supposed to have
been given as a speech in 1876).
*The Woodhull Manifesto
as published in the NY Herald Apr. 2, 1870.
*Killing No Murder, Woodhull
& Claflin's Weekly, Jun. 11, 1870.
*Correspondence of the Equal Rights
Party, Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, June 15, 1872, p. 8-9.
World, Pittsburgh Leader, 1873, from Southern Illinois University.
Suffrage in the United States, The Humanitarian, July 1896, p. 1-8.
*My Dear Mrs. Bladen, June 22, 1871.
*My Dear Mrs. Mott, July
*Dear Lucretia Mott, Feb. 27, 1873.
the Daughter of Time, possibly a fragment of Victoria's unfinished
autobiography, July 1895, Southern Illinois University.
- Victoria Woodhull Fearless Feminist
- Kate Havelin, 2007.
For grades 4-10.
- Bells on Her Toes: The Embellished Memoirs of
the Irrepressible Sisters Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin (Fiction)
- Irving Stanton Elman, 2006.
Bells on Her Toes is a wise-cracking novel about the Claflin sisters. Here's
a typical exchange between Dr. Canning Woodhull and Dr. Reuben Buckman
Claflin when Dr. Woodhull presents himself as a graduate of the Univeristy
- "Heidleberg University, that sounds
familiar--that's in Germany, ain't it?"
- Dr. Woodhull replies, "No, I went to the other one
in Heidelberg, Indiana. And where did you obtain your doctorate, sir,
if I may ask?"
- Dr. Woodhull was impressed. "Ah! You studied in
- "Oxford, Pennsylvania. The Oxford P-a, Academy
of Veter'nary Medicine."
- The novel doesn't take itself seriously the way all the other 21st
century novels do. If you like this novel, chances are you'll also like
writing style of M.M. Marberry's biography "Vicky."
Free Lover: Sex, Marriage and Eugenics in the Early
Writings of Victoria Woodhull (Non-Fiction)Victoria Woodhull, introduction by Michael W. Perry, 2005.
companion volume to Lady Eugenist. It contains the following
speeches by Victoria Woodhull:
- The Principles of Social Freedom
- The Scare-crows of Sexual Slavery
- The Elixir of Life
- Tried as by Fire
With the publication of Cari M. Carpenter's book
on the Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull, this book isn't as
valuable as it used to be as a resource for hard to find Victoria
Woodhull speeches. The same speeches are now available in
Carpenter's book which has better commentary. Perry opposes the
views of the Free Lovers which have since become commonplace. His
critique of current marriage values includes such gems as "At that
point, today's radical might ask why marriage should be limited to one
or, stressing the 'significant,' if someone could marry a pet or the
thing (perhaps a car) that matters most to them."
- Lady Eugenist: Feminist Eugenics in
the Speeches and Writings of Victoria Woodhull (Non-Fiction)
- Victoria Woodhull, introduction by Michael W. Perry, 2005.
- A paperback collection of writings on eugenics by Victoria Woodhull.
The writings can also be purchased individually as Adobe eBooks for
$1.95. (see below).
- Children -- Their Rights and Privileges (The Training of
Children --- Good Advice to Mothers)
- The Garden of Eden; or, Paradise Lost and Found
- Humanitarian Government
- Stirpiculture; or, The Scientific Propagation of the Human
- The Scientific Propagation of the Human Race; or,
Humanitarian Aspects of Finance and Marriage. The Science of
- The Rapid Multiplication of the Unfit
The introductory and editorial comments of Michael W. Perry
aren't what you'd expect for books about Victoria Woodhull.
Perry is no fan of Woodhull and tries to discredit Woodhull and
liberals by labeling them as elitist racists for advocating
Garden of Eden; Or the Paradise Lost and Found,
- Victoria Woodhull, 2005. Dodo Press paperback.
- A Woman for President : The Story of
- Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Jane Dyer, 2004. A
beautifully illustrated book for ages 9-12.
- Victoria Woodhull's Sexual
Revolution: Political Theater and the Popular Press in Nineteenth-Century
Amanda Frisken, 2004.
- This book is the most scholarly of the Woodhull
biographies and was written by a Professor of American Studies at the State
University of New York, Old Westbury. The material is original and the
author sought out primary sources whereever possible. The book focuses
on the public life of Victoria Woodhull from 1870-1877 when she was at the
height of her fame. The book may be scholarly but it's not boring.
There are several illustrations from the tabloids of the 1870's that
illuminate the depiction of Victoria in the media. This book is not as
widely read as "Other Powers" but deserves to be because Frisken is hands
down a better historian than Goldsmith. This book should be a
companion volume to "Notorious Victoria."
- Victoria Woodhull: Free Spirit for
Women's Rights (Oxford Portraits),
- Miriam Brody, 2004. For grades 7 and up.