Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus: From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World

Gary Lachman has written many valuable books about esotericism that combine erudition with a sense of spiritual and intellectual adventure.  Ouspensky, Jung, and Steiner have been subjects of some of his earlier works, and he is currently working on a … Continue reading

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2011 biography from LSU Press mentions Sarah Stanley Grimke

A More Noble Cause: A. B. Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana by Rachel Loraine Emanuel is the most recent book to mention Sarah Stanley Grimke.  As usual, the reference is to her daughter and husband, and … Continue reading

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Norman Astley death record

  UK death record index for April-June 1943 Ancestry.com includes this document which indexes a death record for Norman Astley during the months of April–June 1943.  We cannot be sure this is the Astley who was married to Genevieve Stebbins, but … Continue reading

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Agnes Elizabeth Winona LeClerc Joy, Princess Salm-Salm

Following up on a July blog post  from Marc Demarest, Prince Felix Nepomuk de Salm-Salm was the first person to be named as the original of Chevalier Louis de B-, in an 1876 review of Ghost Land.   More details about … Continue reading

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Henri Bergson, William James, and the Society for Psychical Research

Genevieve Stebbins, or rather her collaborator “A Pilgrim of the Way,” wrote in The Quest of the Spirit: “a true philosophy of life is the work of the future, in which the great philosophical systems of the past will form … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Century Miracles on aristocrats’ pseudonyms

One of the many enjoyable aspects of looking anew at Ghost Land is seeing it in terms of the sequence of the author’s works.  Its predecessor, Modern American Spiritualism, is crucial in identifying parallel passages in Book II of Ghost Land, … Continue reading

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The Baron de Palm and Lola Montez

  I’m looking into background for Ghost Land combing through Emma Hardinge Britten’s Spiritualist histories in search of parallel anecdotes or citations.  One of the anomalies of the text is that the author, Emma, is an English commoner with no personal … Continue reading

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