Incidents in My Life: Second Series

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 10, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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In 1872, D. D. Home (1833-1886), the famous spiritualist and medium, published this sequel to his controversial autobiography Incidents in My Life (1863). In it, Home responds to the criticism levelled at him by reviewers, sceptics and detractors including William Thackeray and Robert Browning. He describes his expulsion from Rome in 1864 owing to the authorities' fear of 'sorcery', opposition from French and American clergy in 1865, a visit to Russia, and the opening of the 'Spiritual Athenaeum' in London in 1867. He also reports numerous sťances and spiritual manifestations. The book ends with documents relating to an 1868 lawsuit over a large sum of money given to Home by a wealthy widow, Jane Lyon. Although a promised third volume never appeared, the present book provides fascinating insights into the phenomenon of spiritualism and its attendant controversies during the Victorian period.
 

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Contents

Chapter I
21
Sir David Brewster Lord Brougham Letters and Testi
44
Expulsion from Rome Discussion in House of Commons
70
Chapter IV
95
Chapter V
112
Chapter VI
123
Chapter VII
140
New Manifestations Elongation Voices Perfumes
156
Chapter IX
175
Mrs Lyons Affidavit in support of the Bill
193
My Answer to the Suit
209
Mr W M Wilkinsons Answer to the Suit
309
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