Emanuel Swedenborg: A Continuing Vision, A Pictorial Biography & Anthology of Essays & Poetry

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This commemorative volume on Swedish scientist-turned-seer Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is the most comprehensive source of information about Swedenborg in print. In addition to an extensive pictoral biography of Swedenborg, the volume includes fifty essays on his influence on Western culture.

Highlights include essays about Swedenborg and William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and William Butler Yeats; an examination of Swedenborg's descriptions of near-death experiences; Swedenborg's influence on the development of homeopathy; and essays delving into the world Swedenborg lived in and the details of his religious thought.

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Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., is the author of "The Shaman's Doorway" and "The Mythic Imagination," He is a practicing psychotherapist and a professor at Ulster County Community College. Robin Larsen, Ph.D., is an exhibiting artist and art historian. She is editor-in-chief of the tricentennial biography and anthology "Emanuel Swedenborg: A Continuing Vision," The Larsens co-direct the Center for Symbolic Studies in New Paltz, New York.

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This lavishly illustrated anthology of essays and poems treats the life, times, and influence of the 18th-century naturalist and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. The editors have collected 51 recent essays by a wide assortment of noted scholars and writers, including Kathleen Raine and Czeslaw Milosz. Originally a mining engineer, Swedenborg was a polymath who became a seer and mystic, producing a large and influential body of theological writings that left lasting impressions on figures from Blake to Emerson to Frank Lloyd Wright. While the collection of essays lacks the depth and coherence of a unified treatment of Swedenborg's thought, its range gives some idea of the extensiveness of his influence on art, music, literature, architecture, psychology, and even city planning.
- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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