We’re excited to now offer Medicine, Mysticism and Mythology: Garth Wilkinson, Swedenborg and Nineteenth-Century Esoteric Culture from the UK-based Swedenborg Society in our online bookstore!
Swedenborgian and homeopathic practitioner James John Garth Wilkinson (1812–1899) lived at the intersection of a number of crucial social movements in the nineteenth century. Author Malcolm Peet explores how Wilkinson influenced some of the leading figures of his time. He helped William Blake publish some of his most famous works; he was a regular correspondent of transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson; his understanding of the unconscious mind influenced the foundational works of hypnotist James Braid and psychologist William Carpenter. His approach to homeopathy became the standard after being popularized by fellow Swedenborgian James Tyler Kent. Although he is relatively unknown today, his many interests provide a fascinating insight into how these movements convened.
This book is not only a sketch of Wilkinson’s life and interests, but a snapshot of the early Swedenborgian church in England—the different ways in which Swedenborg’s writings were read and interpreted by his followers, and how those ideas in turn filtered out into the broader culture and helped shape our modern society—a must-read for people who want to better understand Emanuel Swedenborg’s far-reaching influence!
Medicine, Mysticism and Mythology is available in hardcover for $24.95. If you’re a Swedenborg Foundation member, you’ll enjoy 20% off your order with your code at checkout! If you aren’t a member, it’s not too late to join and take advantage of this exclusive discount.
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