The Edge of the Unknown by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Edge of the Unknown

byArthur Conan Doyle

Kobo ebook | February 1, 2011

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is one of Britains most acclaimed authors. His creation of Sherlock Holmes and the subsequent novels featuring the Victorian sleuth made him and Holmes household names across the globe. Of less renown however are his later works in which he considered and discussed what he eventually saw as his lifes true mission; to spread the message of Spiritualism. His interest in Spiritualism was not something he came to in later life. He was already attending séances and researching life after death as far back as the early 1880s and by 1887 he had publicly announced his belief in Spiritualism when he wrote two letters to Spiritualist publication The Light.He continued his research on the subject and expanded on his beliefs and as the years went by he wrote extensively on the topic. His earliest published book on the subject was The New Revelation which appeared in 1916 which was quickly followed by The Vital Message in 1918. In 1920 Sir Arthur went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand spreading his vital message and would continue to tour the world for the remainder of his life at his own expense proselytising for the cause. In 1924 He translated a French book The Mystery of Joan of Arc by Leo Denis that postulated the theory that Joan of Arc was a medium; this was two years before penning his magnum opus on the subject The History of Spiritualism in 1926.The Edge of the Unknown was Conan Doyles last published work and in it he discussed many things most interesting of which was his thoughts on his one-time friend and eventual nemesis Harry Houdini. Houdini and Conan Doyle had a volatile relationship with Houdinis constant debunking of Spiritualism in public enraging Sir Arthur who believed that Houdini himself was a medium. In the book Sir Arthur also discusses ghosts and haunting which was something he had been looking into for many years. In 1893 he joined the British Society of Psychical Research an organisation that contained many of the times great scientific philosophical and political minds amongst its number. The Society was set up so as to get a more concrete understanding of the many paranormal incidents that were reportedly occurring in the UK at the time and in 1894 Sir Arthur was sent out with two other psychical researchers to investigate a haunting. The panel were not immediately satisfied by their investigation but a later twist in the tale resulted in a positive verdict and the case served to strengthen Conan Doyles belief in life after death and he continued to investigate cases of haunting for the rest of his life.The book also concentrates on the phenomenon of automatic writing. Automatic writing is the term given to the act when a medium receives words from another entity which are written down on paper with the mediums hand not under their own control. Using this process many famous people have allegedly come through and in The Edge of the Unknown Sir Arthur delves into the afterlife writings attributed to Charles Dickens Jack London and Oscar Wilde amongst others.Although the book was his last and written shortly before he died Conan Doyle wasnt aware of any illness so it shouldnt be seen as the final words of a dying man although it does contain his most detailed descriptions of some of the key elements of his research and is one of the crucial works in his Spiritualist canon.
Title:The Edge of the UnknownFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:White Crow Productions LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1907355782

ISBN - 13:9781907355783

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