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The Peaceable Kingdom: An American Saga

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The Peaceable Kingdom: An American Saga
AuthorJan de Hartog
Cover artistHarry Ford
PublisherMcClelland and Stewart
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States

The Peaceable Kingdom: An American Saga (1972) is a historical novel in two parts by Quaker author Jan de Hartog.[1] It describes the first meeting of George Fox and Margaret Fell, the latter's conversion, and a portion of the history of colonial Pennsylvania.[2] The novel is split between two time frames and settings, 1652–53 in England and 1754–55 in Pennsylvania.[3]

Martin Tucker, in a long review for The New York Times, describes the novel as a "moving story" but finds its discussion of Quaker philosophy to be overly simplified, noting a general "absence of intellectual depth"; he praises the novel's characterisations, particularly of Margaret Fell as a "complex, passionate, vibrant woman."[3] A reviewer for Time magazine describes the book as "clumsily written" but praises it for successfully describing the "range of religious experience, from hot ecstasy to prim rule of procedure—and sometimes back again."[2]


  1. ^ Hartog. In Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
  2. ^ a b Minding the Light. Time 99 (3) (17 January 1972)
  3. ^ a b Martin Tucker (16 January 1972). The Peaceable Kingdom: An American Saga. By Jan de Hartog. The New York Times, p. BR32