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People From the Other World

People From the Other World


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108072656

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  • The lawyer and journalist Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907) published People from the Other World in 1875. Part 1 of the work is a careful account of Olcott's 1874 investigations into the famous Eddy brothers of Chittenden, Vermont, and their claimed psychic powers. Part 2 is a report into two Philadelphia mediums who claimed to be able to call up two spirits called John and Katie King. The account includes descriptions of séances, healings, levitation, teleportation and the famous Compton transfiguration. Olcott, a founding member of the Theosophical Society and its first president, was a pioneer of psychical research. This work, deeply influenced by Helena Blavatsky (1831–1891), who he met at Chittenden, is one of his most popular. It offers an important insight into the nineteenth-century fascination with the occult and is a classic example of a Victorian attempt to approach the supernatural with the rigours of scientific investigation.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108072656
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. The Eddy family
    2. The Eddys as public mediums
    3. Personal matters
    4. A moonlight seance
    5. Portents and marvels
    6. Wonders in the Eddy family
    7. A chapter of feet and inches
    8. Materialization
    9. The first seance
    10. Many phantom visitors
    11. Are they personations?
    12. Is it an occult force?
    13. Full of strange things
    14. The dark-circle
    15. Philosophical tests
    16. Startling phenomena
    17. A chapter of marvels
    18. More wonders
    19. Germans, Khourds, and Hungarians
    20. The dead alive
    21. Spiritualism vs. rationalism
    22. Spirits as carriers
    23. Tests continued
    24. Pseudo-investigators
    25. The Shakers as spiritualists
    26. Summing up
    Part II: The Katie King affair
    The Compton transfiguration

  • Author

    Henry Steel Olcott

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