Anna Kingsford: Her Life, Letters, Diary and Work

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 20, 2011 - History - 444 pages
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First published in 1896, this two-volume biography details the life of physician and spiritualist Anna Kingsford (1846-1888). Kingsford, one of the first women to obtain a degree in medicine, began her literary career at the age of thirteen and in her lifetime was known for campaigning against vivisection, involvement in the suffragette movement, and promotion of vegetarianism, as well as her spiritualist exploits. This biography was written by her friend and colleague, the spiritualist Edward Maitland (1824-97), who served as Kingsford's protector while she studied in Paris. At the time of its publication, the work was not well received; the main criticism directed towards the book was that it focused on Maitland's psychic experiences rather than on Kingsford herself. Volume 2 details the later part of Kingsford's life, including extensive travel, the foundation of the Theosophical and Hermetic societies, her eventual decline in health and her death.
 

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Contents

CHAP PAGE XX THE PERFECT WAY
1
NUMEROUS EXPERIENCES
21
VARIED ACTIVITIES
44
A TOUR ABROAD
73
WINTER AT PARIS
96
THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
117
A TIME OF CONTROVERSY 138
138
MEDITATIONS ON THE MYSTERIES
158
SOME FORMER INCARNATIONS
210
DE MULTIS REBUS
228
A FLIGHT FOR LIFE
249
A MELANCHOLY TOUR
277
A HOME TO DIE IN
300
THE WITHDRAWAL
328
PRIEST VERSUS PROPHET 341
341
POST MORTEM
383

THE HERMETIC SOCIETY
166
LETTERS AND ILLUMINATIONS
190

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