Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions

Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions

by John F. Michell



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Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions by John F. Michell

The passionately misguided individuals profiled in this entertaining book form an unforgettable portrait of human imagination run wild.

Never has so much energy been poured into such oddly misbegotten ideas, inventions, enterprises and movements. The 22 individuals and groups described here with wit and understanding represent the widest range of true eccentricity. Lady Blount believes that the earth is flat; Cyrus Teed, that it is a hollow shell with us on the inside; Baron de Guldenstubbe that statues write him letters. Nesta Webster devotes her life to exposing international conspiracies; John Carden to pestering one young lady. Geoffrey Pyke invents a giant battleship made of ice; and Amanda Feilding and Joey Mellen live in peace and prosperity after drilling holes in their heads. The peculiarities of their beliefs are surpassed only by the boundless enthusiasm with which they defend them, and their stories are all here, told in John Michell's lively prose and accompanied by historic photographs and drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579122287
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/11/2002
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

John Michell was a Russian interpreter and Chartered Surveyor before publishing his first book, The Flying Saucer Vision, in 1967. This and its successor, The View Over Atlantis (1969), helped to change the attitudes of a whole generation to the culture, wisdom and science of ancient societies. His other books include The Earth Spirit, A Little History of Astro Archaeology, Simulacra, Megalithomania, The New View Over Atlantis, and, with Robert Rickard, Phenomena and Living Wonders. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

A dreadfully persistent lover7
The strange adventure of a Somerset genealogist17
Loyalists of the flat earth21
The community that dwelt within the earth41
The diehard priest who opposed capitalism51
A most conservative M.P. and the royal boycott of Lincoln57
The first lady of conspiratology62
The man who got letters from statues75
Two unusual landowners78
The consolation of a jilted Latvian84
The judge who visited wild men97
A crusader for thoroughbred people107
The inventor of frozen battleships116
The last of the old Welsh Druids123
Jerusalem in Scotland and other findings of a revisionist geographer136
The people with holes in their heads144
Jews, Britons and the lost tribes of Israel163
Doubts on Shakespeare, and a Baconian martyr178
Congressman Donnelly, the great heretic201
Shakespearean decoders and the Baconian treasure hunt212
Eminent ufologists226
Sources of illustrations237

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