Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions

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Adventures Unlimited Press, Apr 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Takes us into the bizarre and often humorous lives of such people as Lady Blount, who was sure that the earth is flat, Cyrus Teed, who believed that the earth is a hollow shell with us in the inside; Edward Hine, who believed that the British are the lost Tribes of Israel; and Baron de Guldenstubbe, who was sure that statues wrote him letters. British writer and housewife Nesta Webster devoted her life to exposing international conspiracies, and Father O'Callaghan devoted his to opposing interest on loans. The extraordinary characters in this book were and in some cases still are wholehearted enthusiasts for the various causes and outrageous notions they adopted, and John Michell describes their adventures with spirit and compassion.
 

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This is a great book if you are into alternative theories and interesting people. The short stories are manageable for a "quick read" but don't be surprised if you just keep on reading.

Contents

A dreadfully persistent lover
8
The strange adventure of a Somerset genealogist
17
The community that dwelt within the earth
42
The diehard priest who opposed capitalism
51
A most conservative M
57
The man who got letters from statues
75
The consolation of a jilted Latvian
84
The judge who visited wild
97
and other findings of a revisionist geographer
136
The people with holes in their heads
144
Bibliomaniacs
153
Jews Britons and the lost tribes of Israel
163
Doubts on Shakespeare and a Baconian martyr
178
Congressman Donnelly the great heretic
201
Eminent ufologists
226
Bibliography
234

The inventor of frozen battleships
116
The last of the old Welsh Druids
124

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Conspiracy Encyclopedia
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About the author (1999)

John Michell was a Russian interpreter and Chartered Surveyor before publishing his first book. He lives in London.

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