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The History of Spiritualism

The History of Spiritualism
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108033220

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  • 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.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108033220
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 45 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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 (1870–4)
    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

  • Author

    Arthur Conan Doyle

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