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Swedenborg's Secret; a Biography
Swedenborg's Secret; a Biography


 
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Swedenborg's Secret, a Biography

Lars Bergquist

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was on of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment. A member of Sweden's ruling elite, he was also an innovative philosopher and scientist, making a thorough study of human anatomy and physiology. As an inventor his discoveries ranged form a method of finding terrestrial longitude to new ways of constructing docks and even designs for the submarine and airplane. In 1743, he underwent a dramatic spiritual awakening; thereafter his studies were increasingly directed towards what he had seen and heard among spirits and angels. It is these experiences that inspired a host of prominent writers, poets and artists including William Blake, Jorge Luis Borges, HonrŽ de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, WB Yeats, Ralph Waldo Emerson, August Strindberg and Czeslaw Milosz.
Swedenborg's Secret, newly translated from the acclaimed Swedish Swedenborg's Hemlighet, is the first definitive, full-length biography for fifty years.
The great achievement of Swedenborg's Secret is to reclaim this towering figure from the margins of contemporary thought and place him where he belongs: as a founding father of modern spirituality and Western philosophy.

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