The Night Side of Nature: Or, Ghosts and Ghost Seers

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Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2011 - History - 436 pages
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. The stories in Volume 1 centre on dreams, psychic presentiments, traces, wraiths, doppelgängers, apparitions, and imaginings of the after-life. Crowe's vivid tales, written with great energy and imagination, are classic examples of nineteenth-century spiritualist writing and strongly influenced other authors as well as providing inspiration for later adherents of ghost-seeing and psychic culture.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Dweller in the Temple
24
Waking and Sleeping and how the Dweller in the Temple sometimes looks abroad
41
Allegorical Dreams Presentiments c
95
Warnings
107
Double Dreaming and Trance Wraiths c
165
Wraiths
222
Doppelgangers or Doubles
258
Apparitions
300
The Future that awaits us
361
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