The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance

The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance

by Arthur Versluis
     
 

The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much

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The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures. In this book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively on and were inspired by Western esoteric currents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138870
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2European Esoteric Currents8
3Esotericism in Early America21
4The Esoteric Ambience of the American Renaissance53
5Hitchcock64
6Poe72
7Hawthorne81
8Melville91
9Greaves105
10Alcott115
11Emerson124
12Fuller147
13Whitman157
14Dickinson171
15The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance183
Notes193
Bibliography217
Index231

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