Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician (Anglais) Broché – 4 octobre 1996
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---readers should known or probably infer from the esteemed SUNY press W.E.T. series that Deveney cites ALL sources, resultant of some 150 pages of extensive notes which are a worthy and entertaining/informative read in themselves! Also, P.B.R.'s Occult philosophy and practical systems;/methodologies are explored in a highly scholarly yet equally accessible manner; though a scholarly work, as well as an historical one, it is throughout focused on an 19th century Exemplary Mage's Life and Work!
"Randolph, Paschal Beverly (8 Oct. 1825 - 29 July 1875), physician, philosopher, and author, was born in New York City , the son of William Beverly Randolph, a plantation owner, and Flora Beverly, a barmaid. At the age of five or seven Randolph lost his mother to smallpox, and with her the only love he had known. Randolph later stated, 'I was born in love, of a loving mother, and what she felt, that I lived.' His father's devotion is questionable. In 1873 Randolph hinted at his own illegitimacy, stating that his parents 'did not stop to pay fees to the justice or to the priest.'"
"Randolph 's mother possessed a strong temperament, unusual physical beauty, and intense passions, characteristics that Randolph inherited. Later many, especially his enemies, perceived Randolph as being of 'Negro descent,' which he denied. Sent to live with his half-sister, Randolph was ignored, unloved, and abused and eventually turned to begging on the streets". Such began the life of Paschal Beverly Randolph.
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting John Patrick Deveney, I did correspond with him in great length while he was writing the aforementioned work. It was about the same time that I was cataloging and indexing the works of Randolph.
I found the book to be an exceptional piece of historical research and an in-depth analysis of a brilliant, self-educated and tortured individual. Although historical in nature, the work by Deveney also presents a psychological and sociological view of a very complicated and controversial African-American.
I, like John, had the extreme pleasure of reading most of Randolph's original works (most in universities and private esoteric collections). It was through these writings that Randolph was able to present the various aspects of his occult, sex magic, free love, abolitionary, civil rights and Rosicrucian beliefs.
Regarding citations and research notation, I would compare the author's feat to that of Montague Summer and Arthur Edward Waite. This is a must for any historian of free love, occult or African-American studies.
Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren
Professor of Military History
Read this book!