FREDERIC W. H. MYERS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/25/1880 - HFSID 73546
Sale Price $378.00
FREDERIC W.H. MYERS
The paranormal psychologist offers his opinions on sonnets in letter to a colleague, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Frederic W.H. Myers" in black ink. 1 page front and verso, 4½x7. Queen Anne's Mansions, London, England. June 25, 1880. Written on Whitehall Education Department letterhead. In full: "Dear Sir, I must apologize for not having sooner answered your very kind letter, but I had not the book at hand, there was accidental delay in obtaining it. I must maintain my objections to "Pallida Morte Futura" the 2nd sonnet 'Child of the Age'; but if you care to print the 1st 'Child of the Age' sonnet, pray do so. If you want a second to print, I should not object to the 1st of the 2. On 'Immortality' :- but I do not think much of it. It occurs to me that you may not have seen 'Symonds' sonnets in 'Many Moods'. Some of those might suit you. Apologizing for the delay, Yours truly". Frederic W.H. Myers (1843-1901)was a poet, classicalist, and philologist, who is best known for co-founding the Society for Psychical Research. Considered an important early depth psychologist, Myers' writings are still studied today: Phantasms of the Living (1886) (co-authored by Edmund Gurney and Frank Podmore) listed alleged sightings of apparitions, which Myers speculated on the existence of a deep region of the unconscious (the collective unconscious), or what he termed the "subliminal self" which he believed could account for paranormal events; as well his collection of essays Science and a Future Life (1893) and Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death (1903) which presented an overview of Myers's research into the unconscious mind, in which he believed that a theory of consciousness must be part of a unified model of the mind which derives from the full range of human experience, including a wide variety of abnormal and "supernormal" phenomena. His Society for Psychical Research projects included multiple investigations into paranormal occurrences, most famously to the false medium Eusapia Palladino. Toned. Normal mailing folds. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Small ink stains throughout. Ink slightly smeared but not on signature. Left edge slightly frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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