Saturday, February 10, 2007
A Meeting of the Minds by Linda
I recently wrote an article based on Dr. James Martin Peebles’ (1822-1922) writings from his numerous books and his friendships and knowledge of many poets and philosophers of the 19th century.
It is called, A Meeting of the Minds: 19th Century Poet-Philosophers Explore Spirituality, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Martin Peebles, and Walt Whitman, by Linda Pendleton.
The 19th century was an age of artistic renewal, rich in philosophy, poetry, and literature. We were given the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Yeats, Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau A. Bronson Alcott, Whittier, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tolstoy, William Blake, Coleridge, Tennyson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hawthorne, Victor Hugo, Herman Melville, Shelley, Charles Dickens, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Clemens, James Martin Peebles, and numerous others, who have all enriched us with their sensitive understanding of the wonders of life.
It was at mid-19th century when Spiritualism came into the forefront and flourished in America and worldwide. Varied beliefs and practices grew from the conviction that the living and the dead could communicate. Although much of the literature of ancient days spoke to the idea that there is an afterlife, a continuing life-cycle, during this period the belief became more pronounced and was very much a part of the writings and social activities of many in literary circles.
Dr. James Martin Peebles’ literary endeavors and world travels allowed him an opportunity to meet many people within prestigious literary, political, and religious/spiritualists circles. He authored many books throughout his long lifetime on Spiritualism and his world travels, and within his books not only did he present his own poetry but the poetry of others, especially poetry with a spiritual theme of eternal life and communication with those on the other side.
I have posted the link in the sidebar if you are interested in reading more.