Gross Misbehavior and Wickedness:

A Notorious Divorce in Early Twentieth-Century America

by Jean Elson

Table of Contents

Prologue

1          Coming Together and Coming Apart

2          The Perfect Couple? A Dissenting Note

3          Early Days: Winter 1897 to Summer 1905

4          A Series of Temporary Truces: Summer 1905 to Summer 1909

5          The Beginning of the End: Summer 1909 to February 1911

6          Some Cases Are Simple, This One is Not: March 1911

7          Conflicting Testimonies: March 1911

8          A Baffling Piece of New Evidence: Spring 1911 to December 1912

9         More Trials and Tribulations: January 1913 to November 12, 1913

10        A Question of Virginity: November 13-21, 1913

11       “Gross Misbehavior and Wickedness”: December 4, 1913 to December 4, 1916

Epilogue: The Rest of Their Lives

Author’s Note

Notes

Index

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