History of Spiritualism, The

History of Spiritualism, The

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The History of Spiritualism was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first published in 1926 by George H. Doran Company, London, in two volumes. Doyle dedicated it “To Sir Oliver Lodge, F.R.S., a great leader both in physical and in psychic science, in token of respect this work is dedicated.”

Doyle said, “This work has grown from small disconnected chapters into a narrative which covers in a way the whole history of the Spiritualistic movement … It is curious that this movement, which many of us regard as the most important in the history of the world since the Christ episode, has never had a historian from those who were within it, and who had large personal experience of its development.”

Doyle produced The History of Spiritualism to “give man the strongest of all reasons to believe in spiritual immortality of the soul, to break down the barrier of death, to found the grand religion of the future.”


Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The History of Spiritualism. New York: Doran, 1926
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