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"Indian Summer of the Heart"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Daisy Newman (1904-1994) was born in Britain to parents from the United States. She wrote novels and non-fiction about Quakers in the United States. She was educated at Radcliffe College, Barnard College, and Oxford University. She married George Selleck late in life, and both were elders at their Cambridge, Massachusetts Meeting. Newman was the author of the following novels: Now That April's There (1945), Dilligence in Love (1951), I Take Thee, Serenity (1975), Indian Summer of the Heart (1982), and A Golden String (1986). The subject matter for her novels was culled from her experiences living in Europe, caring for British evacuees to the United States during World War II, serving as a house mistress at Radcliff College, participating in civil rights marches in the South, retracing St. James's steps in the Spanish pilgrimage, and her involvement in the Society of Friends. She also wrote a history of American Quakers entitled "A Procession of Friends" (1972), which discusses Friends possition in opposition to slavery, war, and capital punishment, their relationships with indigenous nations in North America, and their support of the humane treatment of the mentally ill and incarcerated. Newman died in 1994.

This collection is comprised of the single volume annotated manuscript of Daisy Newman's novel, "Indian Summer of the Heart." The volume is the sequel to "I take thee, Serenity," and focuses on two entwined love stories. The first story is that of the continuing story of Peter and Serenity Holland, married at the end of the earlier book, as they face the difficult stresses of building two careers while also trying to meet the needs of Ross, their little boy. The other love story is that of Oliver Otis, a 78 year old widower, and Peter and Serenity's mentor, and Loveday Mead, who has come to the little Quaker village of Kendal. Both stories focus on the difficulties that stem from the pressures of modern life and the effect of the influence of Quakerism on the lives of the characters.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscript Part 1, 1982.
Box 8
Manuscript Part 2, 1982.
Box 8

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