The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance

Hardcover | January 15, 2001

byArthur Versluis

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The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. Theearly presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures. In this book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively onand were inspired by Western esoteric currents.

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The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. Theearly presence of esotericism in North Ameri...

Arthur Versluis is at Michigan State University.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195138872

ISBN - 13:9780195138870

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"Brings to light a revealing dimension of nineteenth-century American literary culture that has too often been relegated to footnotes or passed over in somewhat embarrassed silence by twentieth-century literary critics. . . . brings to light a fascinating dimension of early American literaryculture."--Journal of Religion