EILEEN GARRETT AND THE WORLD BEYOND THE SENSES by Allan Angoff

EILEEN GARRETT AND THE WORLD BEYOND THE SENSES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Either you believe in spooks and ESP or you don't and the arguments of the faithful are likely to be a waste of breath. But with the zeal of a Christian missionary in a whorehouse, Angoff sets out to prove that the legendary trance medium Eileen Garrett is the real McCoy. The author's first job out of the army in 1945 was as an editor for Garrett's publishing firm, Creative Age Press. He remained with her until her death in 1970. ""'I'll be around' she used to chuckle. 'I'll be back. I'll be popping in on you from time to time, and I'll help.'"" Presumably, then, she's had her ghostly hand in this writing, so it's curious that so little has been added to the information she provided about herself in her 1968 autobiography Many Voices; that, in fact, the life of this extraordinary woman who shared her body with a handful of other personalities from the past seems often inconsequential and banal, a waste of psychic power on sideshow exorcisms of confused and lonely spirits who hadn't much to say anyway. Garrett often commented ""that unschooled, semiliterate, relaxed, simple-living people, such as peasants and children, often make excellent mediums, for their minds, like their lives, were uncomplicated."" Here is a book designed with those potentials in mind.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1974
ISBN: 1931747261
Publisher: Morrow