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Lights and Shadows of Spiritualism

Daniel Dunglas Home

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ISBN 10: 1602068178 / ISBN 13: 9781602068179
Published by Cosimo Classics, 2007
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Title: Lights and Shadows of Spiritualism

Publisher: Cosimo Classics

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Scottish spiritualist DANIEL DUNGLAS HOME (1833-1886) may well have been the most famous celebrity medium of the Victorian world, his hundreds of sťances attended by some of the biggest names of his day. Though not everyone was a fan-Robert Brownings' 1864 poem "Sludge the Medium" is a thorough lashing of Home-he remains renowned to this day for never having been exposed as a fraud. It's ironic, then, that this 1877 book, is best remembered for Home's exposing of the "false prophets" and phony mediums of his day. But that doesn't come until the first third of the work. In Part I, Home explores the spiritualism of the world's oldest civilization, from the faiths of the first pagans to the spiritualist beliefs of ancient Greece and Rome. And in Part II, he discusses spiritualism in the Jewish and Christian eras, including the spiritualism of the Bible and the great seers of recent centuries. Modern paranormal debunker James Randi has noted one instance of the medium's dishonesty: though published under his own name, both this book and Home's 1864 "autobiography," Incidents in My Life, were in fact ghostwritten by Home's lawyer, W. M. Wilkinson. Whether Home was a fraud or not, though, this remains a fascinating, is biased, history of spiritualism.

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Daniel Dunglas Home (1833-1886) was a charismatic medium whose seances were attended by European royalty and numerous Victorian celebrities. This volume, first published in 1877, is an evocative examination of spiritualism, simultaneously attacking fraudulent mediums and celebrating 'true' practitioners. A fascinating encounter with the self-proclaimed 'Grandfather of English Spiritualism'.

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