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Title:
Eccentric lives and peculiar notions
ISBN:
9780151273584

9781579122287
Edition:
1st American ed.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1984.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary

Baron de Guldenstubbe thought statues wrote him letters. Lady Blount thought the earth was flat. Cyrus Teed thought it was hollow, and Edward Hine believed the British were the lost tribe of Israel. These are just a few of the stories that make up Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions, John Michell's fascinating new book. Available for the first time in paperback, this book explores the bizarre and often hilarious lives of wholehearted eccentrics with compassion and humor. As Michell explains, many of these eccentrics lived happy, prosperous lives, while others, such as the hapless inventor of a giant battleship made of ice, died alone and neglected. Whatever their history, these eccentrics come to life again on the pages of this uniquely marvelous book that will enchant readers of all ages.


Summary

Michell describes 22 eccentric individuals and groups from around the world, spanning several centuries, including flat-earthers, head drillers, ufologists, frantic lovers, Welsh druides, finders of lost tribes, and other obsessed individuals. A former Russian interpreter and chartered surveyor, t


Author Notes

John Michell was a Russian interpreter and Chartered Surveyor before publishing his first book. He lives in London.


John Michell was a Russian interpreter and Chartered Surveyor before publishing his first book. He lives in London.


Table of Contents

A dreadfully persistent loverp. 7
The strange adventure of a Somerset genealogistp. 17
Loyalists of the flat earthp. 21
The community that dwelt within the earthp. 41
The diehard priest who opposed capitalismp. 51
A most conservative M.P. and the royal boycott of Lincolnp. 57
The first lady of conspiratologyp. 62
The man who got letters from statuesp. 75
Two unusual landownersp. 78
The consolation of a jilted Latvianp. 84
The judge who visited wild menp. 97
A crusader for thoroughbred peoplep. 107
The inventor of frozen battleshipsp. 116
The last of the old Welsh Druidsp. 123
Jerusalem in Scotland and other findings of a revisionist geographerp. 136
The people with holes in their headsp. 144
Bibliomaniacsp. 153
Jews, Britons and the lost tribes of Israelp. 163
Doubts on Shakespeare, and a Baconian martyrp. 178
Congressman Donnelly, the great hereticp. 201
Shakespearean decoders and the Baconian treasure huntp. 212
Eminent ufologistsp. 226
Bibliographyp. 234
Sources of illustrationsp. 237
Indexp. 238