Servants of the Supernatural: The Night Side of the Victorian Mind

Servants of the Supernatural: The Night Side of the Victorian Mind

by Antonio Melechi

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Overview

Born of the so-called Victorian "pseudoscience" of mesmerism, the séance enjoyed a late 19th century golden age that ministered to the Victorian obsession with science, religious doubt, and entertainment. Mediums, psychics, and somnambulists were investigated by amateur sleuths and by such scientists as Faraday and Darwin, and their performances were imitated and exposed by magicians, denounced by clerics, and satirized hilariously in the press. Yet the popularity of spiritualism and the séance endured—and does so to this day. A revelatory exploration of the darker side of Victorian science, this narrative-driven history is full of literary and scientific anecdote and evocative depiction of 19th century England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099478867
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Antonio Melechi is the author of Fugitive Minds and Mindscapes.

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