Frederic W. H. Myers

Authored by: Jeffrey J. Kripal

The Occult World

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415695961
eBook ISBN: 9781315745916
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596769

10.4324/9781315745916.ch23

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Abstract

Frederic W. H. Myers (1843–1901) was a Cambridge-trained classicist who was one of the leaders of the Victorian psychical research tradition that crystallized around the London Society of Psychical Research (or S.P.R.), which he helped found in February of 1882. Myers is best known for his massive, two-volume tome that was posthumously published as Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death (Myers, 1903), which was in turn largely based on a series of papers that he published between 1880 and his death in 1901, mostly in the journal of the S.P.R. Many of his other earlier published writings were expressions of what we would today call literary criticism. For example, he published two separate collections of essays on various authors, both ancient and modern (Myers, 1883, 1897). He also published a separate monograph on William Wordsworth, who was a friend of his mother’s family, and a collection of metaphysical essays entitled Science and a Future Life with Other Essays (Myers 1881, 1901). He was also an award-winning poet (Myers 1904).

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