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The New Revelation   The New Revelation
Arthur Conan Doyle


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Arthur Conan Doyle received his degree in medicine from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1881 and by this time had already began investigating Spiritualism and had began attending séances, a fact that rebuffs the more common idea that he found Spiritualism after his son Kingsley died in 1918. In fact, by that time, not only had he studied Spiritualism for almost 30 years, he had even declared the fact and spoken publicly about his beliefs.

His first book on the afterlife, The New Revelation, was published in March 1918, some months before Kingsley’s death, so it is fair to say that Arthur’s belief in Spiritualism was not a knee-jerk reaction to his son’s death. That said, by now World War One was raging and people’s thoughts were on the dead and dying, and Doyle himself is quoted as saying: ‘I might have drifted on my whole life as a psychical researcher… but the war came, and it brought earnestness into all our souls and made us look more closely at our own beliefs and reassess our values.’

One year after publishing The New Revelation, Doyle followed it up with The Vital Message, where he shares his thoughts on scepticism, religion, psychic phenomena, and Jesus.


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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of Britain’s most celebrated writers, with his invention of the ultimate detective, Sherlock Holmes, completely altering the crime-fiction genre of the late 19th century. As well as this, he was a pioneering sportsman, a doctor of medicine, and champion of the underdog, helping to free two men who were unjustly imprisoned. Of most importance to the man himself, however, was his belief in life after death and the spreading of the ‘vital message’.


Publisher: White Crow Books
Published January 2010
80 pages
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ISBN 978-1-907355-12-7
 
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The Orpheus Motif in North America: The Comanche tradition – To give the reader a general idea of the form taken by the Orpheus tradition in North America, I reproduce the version of the Comanche Indians, here published for the first time. It was communicated to me orally by the late Dr Ralph Linton, who noted it down in the course of his field-studies among the Comanche (1933). Particular interest attaches to the Comanche narrative, for it is the first recorded Orpheus tradition from the more easterly Shoshonean groups. No account is given of it in Wallace and Hoebel’s Comanche monograph, which is otherwise a valuable source for the religion and folklore of this tribe. Read here
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