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Essentials of Mysticism

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British writer of prose and poetry EVELYN UNDERHILL (1875 1941) was a fellow of King s College for Women and King s College, and was the first woman to lecture to the clergy in the Church of England. Through her radio appearances and her stint as editor of the political magazine The Spectator, she was a familiar voice in British public life between the wars. She authored m ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics (first published April 1st 1995)
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Apr 13, 2012 Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I found this book/edition to be anything but "delightfully clear & accessible" (from the GR description: Offers a unique introduction to the wide-ranging thought of one of this century's foremost writers on mysticism. Delightfully clear and accessible.). From the five stars from fellow readers I expected this to be revelatory & revolutionary. Instead, I spent a great deal of time rereading entire pages, thinking "it must just be me - maybe that last migraine I had was more than just a mi ...more
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Given that there is an ultimate or underlying Reality (a faith position), a mystic is one who craves union with that Reality. Certain individuals in all religious traditions, East and West, and some non-religious persons have experienced this union and have tried to convey the experience. Underhill's book of essays looks at mysticism in general and then presents several individuals' experiences. She wrote in the 1920's. The mystics she presents span centuries. Their experiences use the images, t ...more
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Evelyn Underhill was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism.

In the English-speaking world, she was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the twentieth century. No other book of its type—until the appearance in 1946 of Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy—
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