Lost Letters of Edward Maitland

LOST LETTERS OF EDWARD MAITLAND by B.G. McAllister

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Edward Maitland’s work with Anna Kingsford has long been known through his authoritative Life of Kingsford. Yet, it is his fascinating letters to two influential ladies, prominent in the social and literary worlds of England and the United States, which give us an insight into his thinking and philosophy, and provide us with intimate glimpses of his life in those worlds – as well as revealing something of the inner essence of the man himself.

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LOST LETTERS OF EDWARD MAITLAND 

“There is but one philosophy, one science, one religion, one truth in existence; and all who have thus become completely Man, have attained it and found it the same.  And all who have done this, have been set upon by those who were still in their outer and material sphere, and have been assailed as fools, impostors, or madmen – simply because they had attained their due maturity in advance of the others, becoming Man wholly, while the rest represented limitations of humanity.” Extract from letter 81, p. 227 (dated 1879) 

Like many of his contemporaries, Edward Maitland (1824-97), novelist, mystic, and one of the most significant figures in the esoteric world of Victorian England, was a prolific letter-writer. Alas, relatively little of his private correspondence is known to have survived. The greater part of the little that has survived is now for the first time made available in Lost Letters of Edward Maitland.

 Maitland’s work with Anna Kingsford has long been known through his authoritative Life of Kingsford. Yet, it is his fascinating letters to two influential ladies, prominent in the social and literary worlds of England and the United States, which give us an insight into his thinking and philosophy, and provide us with intimate glimpses of his life in those worlds – as well as revealing something of the inner essence of the man himself.

Author/s Brian McAllister, the editor of the Lost Letters of Edward Maitland, is a retired civil servant who lives in Gloucestershire. Born and educated in Ulster, he moved after graduation to England where he has spent the greater part of his life.  For many years he has been a student of the esoteric Christian writings of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland.  His rich understanding and familiarity with them is clearly manifest in the well-informed and sensitive handling of these extraordinary letters.
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