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by Trevor Hamilton

eBook Immortal Longings: F.W.H. Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death ePub
Author: Trevor Hamilton
Language: English
ISBN: 1845401239
ISBN13: 978-1845401238
Publisher: Imprint Academic (June 1, 2009)
Pages: 300
Category: Occult & Paranormal
Subcategory: Religios
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 931
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ePub file: 1212 kb
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Trevor Hamilton has brought together a good deal of new information about him, and analyses his career and character with sensitivity . Trevor Hamilton retired from his post in higher education at the end of 2006 to write full time.

Trevor Hamilton has brought together a good deal of new information about him, and analyses his career and character with sensitivity and insight. Altogether a fascinating read!" (Alan Gauld). He has degrees from Oxford, London and Sussex Universities. He is the author of a well-received biography of .

The book offers a fascinating insight into a key period in the development of Victorian thought.

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Born in 1843, Frederic Myers began his career as a classical lecturer at Cambridge University, but disliked teaching and soon gave it up in favour of writing poetry and essays in literature.

Born in 1843, Frederic Myers began his career as a classical lecturer at Cambridge University, but disliked teaching and soon gave it up in favour of writing poetry and essays in literature

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Immortal Longings: FWH Myers and the Victorian search for life after death is the first full-length biography of Frederic W.H. Myers, leading figure in the Society for Psychical Research and friend and associate of Browning, Gladstone, Ruskin, Tennyson, Swinburne, Henry James, Prince Leopold and other influential Victorians. The book offers a fascinating insight into a key period in the development of Victorian thought. Among many things it covers: 1. Extraordinary Phenomena Myers investigated extraordinary phenomena, much of which is still reported today: out of body experiences and astral projection, near death experiences, poltergeists, gurus like Madame Blavatsky claiming strange powers, mediums both private and public, and haunted houses (for example, the giant warrior haunting a chateau near Heidelberg, the Cheltenham Ghost that was seen by a considerable number of people, and the odd doings at Ballechin House in Scotland which caused a scandal in the press. 2. Life After Death Investigations Myers believed he had virtually proved life after death by a) the link he thought established between hundreds of apparitions and living or dead human beings b) the messages that the outstanding mediums Mrs Piper and Mrs Thompson gave him from his first great love Annie and his intimate friend and co-worker Edmund Gurney which contained information the medium could not know and was delivered in a way highly characteristic of the personality concerned. 3. Automatic Writing Some researchers have claimed that he has returned after death and proved his continued existence through the automatic writings of a number of mediums in England, America, India. These writings continued for thirty years. 4. Romance & Suicide There is also love, tragedy and jealousy in Myers' life. His first great love Annie, a married woman, committed suicide and Myers' wife, a rather possessive person, tried to prevent any detail about this being made public after his death, even though the relationship was platonic. This inhibited the work of researchers who were trying to verify the 'post-mortem' communications from Myers, since, for many years, they could not check the facts. 5. Credibility Myers researches led him to forming a view about human personality and psychology which Aldous Huxley has said is much richer than Freud's

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Based upon letters, articles, public and private records, and the unpublished autobiography of Frederic Myers, one of the founders of the Society For Psychical Research (SPR).

This book is a rare find, indeed, because of the sheer truth of the matter. The first section of the book develops Mr. Myers personality and events that shaped who he came to be. It follows him briefly though childhood and into college, where he lost a medal in poetry when is was discovered he had borrowed a little to much from other classic poets, and he was forced to forfeit his medal.

Mr. Myers then befriended Annie Marshall, who was to be the greatest love of his life. Annie Marshall was a married woman, and their relationship was platonic. But she had a troubling life, and Mr. Myers emotionally supported her. She was in a terrible marriage and suffered greatly from her husband as he battled mental illness. Mr. Myers was devastated when, after feeling unbearable pressure, Annie Marshall committed suicide.

Events such as these, and his burning passion to find out if we really die, helped Mr. Myers to help form the SPR. Originally founded by William Barrett, the SPR was lead by Mr. Myers, Edmund Gurney, and Mr. and Mrs Sidgwick. The SPR was highly controversial in it's day. The world scientific community and intellectuals scoffed at the SPR, but they felt the research was needed, and continued anyways.

During this time, Mr. Myers married Eveleen Tennant, who was to be a central force in his life and the SPR after his death. The book goes into his feeling for Eveleen, and how, although he loved her, he felt disconnected from life and his family. But the greatest love of his life, Annie Marshall, still influenced him, and Eveleen could never overcome that. Through his travels with the SPR, Mr Myers would attend seances and sitting with mediums, and would communicate with Annie Marshall.

And Eveleen knew it. Eveleen could never relate to the SPR or it's leaders, and carried a jealousy for the mediums Mr. Myers kept contact with for research. And after Mr. Myers death, she destroyed valuable records of evidence he had collected from the mediums on proof of life after death.

Mr. Myers had written an autobiography, and had privately distributed copies to close friends. Eveleen fought to retrieve the books back after Mr. Myers death, and nearly succeeded but for a few copies. Sir Oliver Lodge refused to give his copy back. Eveleen wanted the books destroyed to wipe Annie Marshall from Mr. Myers life. She then released a severely abridged version of his book. She also fought the SPR on releasing any evidence that he had collected that had any reference to Annie Marshall.

But Mr. Myers, after death, began communicating through various mediums....

This book, to me was simply fascinating. It examines the records, and accurately creates the personalities and character of the persons involved. From the sickly Mr. Gurney, to the cool intelligence of the Sidgwicks, to the simplicity of the medium Mrs. Piper, this book provides sources and documentation that supports how these people were really like in life.

The author even examines the inaccuracies of other biographies on Mr. Myers, and provides proof of why they were wrong.

The SPR published thousands of pages of their research, and, although I have read some of the published work, this book matches what I have read so far. In my opinion, this book is as close to the truth as you will get on his life, the time period, and the things that have happened since.

It is my opinion, but Mr. Myers has proven to me, that there is life after death.
Madis
Hamilton spares no expense in getting to the root of Myers and his personality. The work was very thorough and one has the distinct impression that, if indeed Myers did survive death, he is pleased with the work Hamilton put into identifying with who he was.

Trevor Hall and numerous other authors made certain assumptions and blatant errors in analyzing this great historical figure and the present author clears these assumptions and speculations up very nicely, citing the sense of "Platonic love" that Myers had for the likes of Annie Marshall (being, in a sense, his "spiritual" fulfillment and ideal). Misconceptions on the relationship between Edmund Gurney and Myers are also cleared up with due justice. The final concluding chapters were the ones I found the most interesting to read, as it goes through Myers's idea of "the subliminal self", his sittings with Rosina Thompson (that convinced him of survival in accordance with his sittings with Piper), the impact and evaluation of the monumental "Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death", the elusive and complex 'cross correspondences' and, finally, the concluding poem that Myers himself wrote -one which leaves the reader with a pleasant feeling, much like what follows laying witness to a beautiful sunrise, or the first glance outdoors after a night of quaint, winter-wonder.

All in all, I can't recommend this highly enough for anyone interested in the early history of psychical research or its eccentric pioneers.

(the numerous pictures in the book were also appropriate and memorable)
Mikale
I was drawn to this book because I am interested in Spiritualism and the image of this very handsome man on the front caught my eye. However, my brain hurt while reading this book because I almost got the feeling that the author would like so much to convince the skeptic reader that there exhists life after death and is no laughing matter. I found it to be full of very interesting facts, but, it was too dry and difficult for me to absorb all the different characters in it, due to the fact that it seemed to skip from idea to idea. I could not finish the book. Too bad, I think it could have been much better had the author made the content more colorful and not dry as a bone.
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