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The Night Side of Nature - Volume 2

The Night Side of Nature - Volume 2

by Catherine Crowe


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The novelist and children's author Catherine Crowe (c.1800-1876) published The Night Side of Nature in two volumes in 1848. This lively collection of ghostly sketches and anecdotes was a Victorian best-seller and Crowe's most popular work. Sixteen editions appeared in six years, and it was translated into several European languages. The stories are intertwined with Crowe's own interpretations and commentaries which attack the scepticism of enlightenment thought and orthodox religion. Crowe seeks instead to encourage and re-invigorate a sense of wonder and mystery in life by emphasising the supernatural. Volume 2 probes the mysterious phenomena of troubled spirits, haunted houses, spectral lights, apparitions and poltergeists. Crowe's vivid tales, written with great energy and imagination, are classic examples of nineteenth-century spiritualist writing and strongly influenced other authors, including Charles Baudelaire, as well as providing inspiration for later adherents of ghost-seeing and psychic culture.

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ISBN-13: 9781108027502
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/19/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Series
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The power of will; 2. Troubled spirits; 3. Haunted houses; 4. Spectral lights, and apparitions attached to certain families; 5. Apparitions seeking the prayers of the living; 6. The poltergeist of the Germans, and possession; 7. Miscellaneous phenomena; 8. Conclusion.

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