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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections
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Three works from the Quaker fiction collection: A Yankee Volunteer, Ramona, and Out of Bondage.

Quaker Fiction

A unique group of our holdings is our collection of Quaker Fiction. Some 800 books of fiction, drama and poetry by and about Friends are included in this collection.. Popular culture and the placement of the Society of Friends within it are demonstrated by a number of 18th century anti-Quakeriana plays and "Dime Novels." Issues of war and peace are popular themes for the novels in different places and times. The Quaker Fiction Collection contains the writings of current Quaker authors, however the majority of the historical novels were gathered by Francis R. Taylor, Haverford Class of 1906, and given to Haverford by Anne Taylor Bronner.

Several publications, dissertations and articles have been published on the subject but there is potential for much more research using this unique and unusual resource.

Quaker fiction is cataloged in Tripod.