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The Philosophy of Mystery is a book by English surgeon and writer, Walter Cooper Dendy, first published in 1841. It is a treatise on supernatural and mysterious subjects, such as dreams, ghosts, spectres, fairy mythology, mysterious sounds, lycanthropy, incubi, succubi, and illusions. Going into detail on each one, Dendy explores the background and possible explanations for these phenomena - including insights into mythology, prophecies, and coincidences, as well as discussing mental causes. There is also a chapter on the mysticism of poets such as William Blake. The author had earlier written a book about dreams, and his fascination with the mysteries of the subconscious and unconscious mind is clear in this work.
This book has 129,860 words, 245 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1841.
Production notes: This ebook of The Philosophy of Mystery was published by Global Grey on the 30th September 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Wind Blows' by Hugo Simberg.
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