MYERS, Frederic William Henry. 20565



Autograph Letter Signed ‘F.W.H.Myers’, to Dr. Tuke [Daniel Hack Tuke], sending a photograph, referring to poems recenly published in “the Macmillans for Nov. 70 & March 71”, explaining that he has given up lecturing to join the Education Department, hoping to visit Falmouth, clarifying the death of another F.Myers. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, fine. Brandon House, Chett, 27 December 1871. 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. “When I die all my initials will be put in the paper, so my friends need not be alarmed till they see an announcement concerning yours most truly, F.W.H.Myers.” Dr. Daniel Hack Tuke (1827-1895), expert on mental illness, was the father of Henry Scott Tuke RA.