Laboratories of Faith in the Fortean Times

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The April 2008 edition of the Fortean Times features a 9/10 review of John Warne Monroe’s Laboratories of Faith: Mesmerism, Spiritism, and Occultism in Modern France. An excerpt appears below:

“A mesmerizing overview of a foreign field. Monroe has immersed himself in the ferment of ideas going on in this period and analyzes what they meant to people then, however naïve they may now seem. He stresses just how widely read the publications of some of the figures that he discusses were, making them a crucial factor in any balanced assessment of French intellectual life.”—Tom Ruffles, Fortean Times, April 2008

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