In Search of the Absolute
Essays on Swedenborg and Literature
Edited by Stephen McNeilly
In Search of the Absolute: Essays on Swedenborg and Literature looks at the enduring influence of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg on poetry, drama, and short fiction in Europe and both North and South America. It contains articles by H. J. Jackson, Anders Hallengren, and other leading writers and academics. Read more
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In Search of the Absolute: Essays on Swedenborg and Literature looks at the enduring influence of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg on poetry, drama, and short fiction in Europe and both North and South America. Swedenborg’s lingering presence in nineteenth-century English poetry is represented by essays on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, while his influence upon American literature is charted by studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. The collection also contains one of the first critical appraisals of Swedenborg’s significant impact upon the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges and an essay on the great Swedish dramatist August Strindberg. This volume, the third in the Journal of the Swedenborg Society series, contains the following six essays:
- H. J. Jackson, “‘Swedenborg’s Meaning Is the Truth’: Coleridge, Tulk, and Swedenborg”
- Anders Hallengren, “Swedenborgian Simile in Emersonian Edification”
- Richard Lines, “Swedenborgian Ideas in the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning”
- Anders Hallengren, “A Hermeneutic Key to the title Leaves of Grass”
- Lars Bergquist, “Subjectivity and Truth: Strindberg and Swedenborg”
- Emilio R. Báez-Rivera, “Swedenborg and Borges: the Mystic of the North and the Mystic in puribus”
Also included are an introduction by Stephen McNeilly, a chronology of Swedenborg, biographies of the essay subjects, and an index.
“McNeilly’s book fills a significant gap . . . between Swedenborg’s challenging philosophical system and literature.”
—Annalisa Volpone, The Coleridge Bulletin
Established in 1810, the main aim of the Swedenborg Society is to translate and publish the works of Emanuel Swedenborg. The Society was incorporated in 1925 and has since become a registered educational charity. Housed in a historic building in central London, they sell not only their own books but Swedenborg-related titles from other publishers, as well as offering a reference and lending library.
The Swedenborg Foundation offers a selection of the Swedenborg Society’s most popular titles, including the Journal of the Swedenborg Society, each volume of which consists of a collection of articles about Swedenborg’s influence from some of the leading international scholars.
All Swedenborg Society books we carry are imported and contain British spelling, punctuation, and word usage.
To learn more about the Swedenborg Society, visit their website.