Gallery of Mirrors
Reflections of Swedenborgian Thought
By Anders Hallengren
Foreword by Inge Jonsson
Swedenborg Studies #7
This collection of essays by scholar Anders Hallengren examines the lasting influence of Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). Read more
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What is the “secret of Great Tartary”? What became of the Swedish clerk Carl Robsahm’s original manuscript of his talks with Emanuel Swedenborg? What was Strindberg’s reaction to Balzac’s novel Seraphita?
These and other provocative questions are answered by Anders Hallengren in a selection of essays. Hallengren’s research in various parts of the world brings to light records that were formerly thought to be lost. In addition, Hallengren traces routes of subtle influence that range from the experiences of Swedish soldiers captured in Russia to a chance encounter in a hotel in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands. Hallengren argues that these influences show the profound effect of Swedenborgian thought on celebrated and ordinary people, resulting not only in profound art but in a better world.
“Reading this beautiful collection of well-researched essays, one cannot but be amazed at the phenomenon of Swedenborg and his influence.”
—Prof. Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Utrecht University
“Anders Hallengren’s essays… [are] groundbreaking in…the importance of Swedenborg and Swedenborgianism outside Europe…”
—Prof. Lynn R. Wilkinson, University of Texas, Austin
About the Swedenborg Studies Series
Swedenborg Studies is a scholarly series published by the Swedenborg Foundation. The primary purpose of the series is to make materials available for understanding the life and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and the impact his thought has had on others. The Foundation undertakes to publish original studies and English translations and to republish primary sources that are otherwise difficult to access.