People From the Other World

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The lawyer and journalist Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907) published People from the Other World in 1875. Part 1 of the work is a careful account of Olcott's 1874 investigations into the famous Eddy brothers of Chittenden, Vermont, and their claimed psychic powers. Part 2 is a report into two Philadelphia mediums who claimed to be able to call up two spirits called John and Katie King. The account includes descriptions of séances, healings, levitation, teleportation and the famous Compton transfiguration. Olcott, a...

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Overview

The lawyer and journalist Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907) published People from the Other World in 1875. Part 1 of the work is a careful account of Olcott's 1874 investigations into the famous Eddy brothers of Chittenden, Vermont, and their claimed psychic powers. Part 2 is a report into two Philadelphia mediums who claimed to be able to call up two spirits called John and Katie King. The account includes descriptions of séances, healings, levitation, teleportation and the famous Compton transfiguration. Olcott, a founding member of the Theosophical Society and its first president, was a pioneer of psychical research. This work, deeply influenced by Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891), who he met at Chittenden, is one of his most popular. It offers an important insight into the nineteenth-century fascination with the occult and is a classic example of a Victorian attempt to approach the supernatural with the rigours of scientific investigation.

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Preface; Part I: 1. The Eddy family; 2. The Eddys as public mediums; 3. Personal matters; 4. A moonlight seance; 5. Portents and marvels; 6. Wonders in the Eddy family; 7. A chapter of feet and inches; 8. Materialization; 9. The first seance; 10. Many phantom visitors; 11. Are they personations?; 12. Is it an occult force?; 13. Full of strange things; 14. The dark-circle; 15. Philosophical tests; 16. Startling phenomena; 17. A chapter of marvels; 18. More wonders; 19. Germans, Khourds, and Hungarians; 20. The dead alive; 21. Spiritualism vs. rationalism; 22. Spirits as carriers; 23. Tests continued; 24. Pseudo-investigators; 25. The Shakers as spiritualists; 26. Summing up; Part II: The Katie King affair; The Compton transfiguration; Miscellaneous; Bibliography.

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