MYERS, Frederic William Henry. 18246



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Frederic W.H.Myers’ [to Walter Chalmers Smith] thanking him for the two volumes, Olrig Grange and Borland Hall, noting his other efforts “to find the material of sustained poetry in the events of contemporaneous life”. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition, a few small foxing spots only. Education Department, Whitehall, 8 May 1874. F.W.H.Myers (1843-1901), poet and essayist, joint founder of the Society for Psychical Research (1882), coined the word “telepathy”. Myers’ work on psychical research and his ideas about a “subliminal self” were influential in his time. Myers was the co-author of the two-volume Phantasms of the Living (1886) with Edmund Gurney and Frank Podmore which documented alleged sightings of apparitions. In 1893 Myers wrote a small collection of essays, Science and a Future Life. In 1903, after Myers’s death, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death was compiled and published. This work comprises two large volumes at 1,360 pages in length and presents an overview of Myers’s research into the unconscious mind. The book impressed Aldous Huxley. Strong praise for the book and a revival of interest in Myers’ ideas appeared in the 2007 Irreducible Mind by Emily Williams Kelly, Alan Gauld and Bruce Greyson.