AN INFIDEL BODY-SNATCHER AND THE FRUITS OF HIS PHILOSOPHY Book Announcement Press Release
04/02/2013

First-ever biography of Dr. Charles Knowlton, jailed for publishing America’s first book on birth control.

Online PR News – 02-April-2013 – Minneapolis, MN – What type of person did it take to imagine and advocate reproductive choice, at a time when nearly everybody followed religious leaders who told them it was evil? An Infidel Body-Snatcher and the Fruits of His Philosophy is the story of a freethinker. Charles Knowlton called himself a “free enquirer”—his enemies called him an “Infidel.” Knowlton was also a “Body-Snatcher.” As a medical student, Charles Knowlton stole corpses to dissect. Charles was caught and convicted, and served time in jail.

After a troubled youth, Knowlton became a doctor and wrote America’s first birth control manual, Fruits of Philosophy, in 1831. He was convicted and imprisoned for that as well—this time with hard labor. Charles was an outsider for most of his life, fighting religious and social conformity. This is a true story about why outsiders are important, and what they can achieve.
Growing up surrounded by superstition and hypocrisy, Charles developed an unswerving dedication to finding and telling the truth. If the truth he’d found was opposed by authorities in the church and government, Charles went ahead and told it anyway. This is a true story about the power of integrity.

It’s also an adventure story, full of conflict, drama, humor, and a little horror. Charles Knowlton led an unusual life; it gave him a radical outlook and led him to develop a unique personal philosophy. But it was what Charles did with this outlook—the fruits of his philosophy—that really mattered. This is a true story about how experiences become ideas, and how ideas become actions.

Dan Allosso took some time away from completing his PhD dissertation in History, because he thought the story of Charles Knowlton was important. His previous book, an award-winning Young Adult novel called Outside the Box, convinced Dan that in order to raise a new generation of creative critical thinkers, we need to tell them stories about
rebels. Dan lives with his family on a small farm, and plans to continue writing both nonfiction and fiction about freethinkers and nonconformists.

AN INFIDEL BODY-SNATCHER AND THE FRUITS OF HIS PHILOSOPHY
will be available for purchase on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, stayoutsidethebox.com, and independent booksellers March 21, 2013.

TITLE: AN INFIDEL BODY-SNATCHER AND THE FRUITS OF HIS PHILOSOPHY AUTHOR: Dan Allosso
ISBN: 978-1482678680
PAGES: 270
PUBLISHER: Stay Outside the Box Publishing