The History of Spiritualism 2 Volume Set
Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowlege
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|Format: ||Multiple copy pack, 732 pages|
|Other Information: ||16 b/w illus.|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 15 September 2011|
The Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for his creation of the character Sherlock Holmes. Trained as a medical doctor, Doyle - like many Victorian intellectuals - became fascinated by spiritualism and its promise of communication with the afterlife. Doyle was a firm believer in the movement, claiming as evidence 'sign[s] of a purposeful and organized invasion' from the spirit world. In 1926, towards the end of his life, he published this influential two-volume history. Volume 1 covers the background and origins of Victorian spiritualism, and focuses on key individuals including D. D. Home. It also reports on several scientific investigations of spiritualist phenomena. Volume 2 discusses celebrated mediums from 1870 to World War I, and topics including 'ectoplasm' and 'spirit photography'. The History provides valuable insights into Victorian and early twentieth-century culture and the controversies generated by spiritualism at that time.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface; 1. The story of Swedenborg; 2. Edward Irving: the Shakers; 3. The prophet of the new revelation; 4. The Hydesville episode; 5. The career of the Fox sisters; 6. First developments in America; 7. The dawn in England; 8. Continued progress in England; 9. The career of D. D. Home; 10. The Davenport brothers; 11. The researches of Sir William Crookes (1870-1874); 12. The Eddy brothers and the Holmeses; 13. Henry Slade and Dr. Monck; 14. Collective investigations of spiritualism. Volume 2: 15. The career of Eusapia Palladino; 16. Great mediums from 1870 to 1900: Charles H. Foster, Madame d'Esperance, William Eglinton, Stainton Moses; 17. The Society for Psychical Research; 18. Ectoplasm; 19. Spirit photography; 20. Voice mediumship and moulds; 21. French, German and Italian spiritualism; 22. Some great modern mediums; 23. Spiritualism and the war; 24. The religious aspect of spiritualism; 25. The after-life as seen by spiritualists; Appendix; Index.
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