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THE TABLE-RAPPERS : The Victorians and the Occult

Pearsall, Ronald

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ISBN 10: 0750936843 / ISBN 13: 9780750936842
Published by Sutton Publishing, 2004
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258pp. Trade paperback, VG, back lower corner tip creased, index, b&w photos and illustrations, History of Victorians photographing ghosts, levitation, hearing the voices of loved ones on the other side, and inventing machines to detect spirit presences, Bookseller Inventory # w161022079

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Title: THE TABLE-RAPPERS : The Victorians and the ...

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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The Victorian age was the most haunted of all. At dark seances spectators goggled at spirit hands descending form above, and fondled 'spirits' who had coyly emerged from cabinets. The age of reason had done away with the supernatural. But the Victorians wanted it back and they made certain they got it. Astrology and fortune-telling enjoyed a boom, and in country districts the witches and the cunning men plied their arts, selling and casting spells, and applying the evil eye. The Table-Rappers deals with all aspects of the Victorian occult - the credulity of believers certain that a thing of gauze and muslin was their dead aunt, the venom of the professional mediums who sabotaged each others' seances, and the still unexplained phenomena - levitations, the fire test where mediums handled red-hot coals, and strange materialisations where both spirits and mediums were in the room at the same time. Behind all the heavy breathing in darkened rooms, the implausible spirit photographs, the interminable dotty table-rapping and inconsequential scribbling on slates, lay a whole world of absurd tricksters, well-meaning dolts, credulous gulls and some unforgettable characters.

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Ronald Pearsall has been a journalist and a professional musician, and a lecturer for the British Council and for the Army. Sutton reissued his The Worm in the Bud:The World of Victorian Sexuality in 2003.

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