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THE SECRET LIFE OF GENIUS
How 24 Great Men and Women Were Touched by Spiritual Worlds
by John Chambers





ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-272-6 / ISBN-10: 1-59477-272-X. Quality Paperback. June 25, 2009. 6’x 9’. 336 pp. 24 b&w illustrations. Imprint: Destiny Books. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., P.O. Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767. 1-800-246-8648 / (802) 767-3174, Fax: (802) 767-3726, <http://www.innertraditions.com>, $18.95.


 

"Rare and penetrating glimpses into the paranormal dimension of the creative lives of 24 famous artists, scientists, and politicians. From Benvenuto Cellini to Churchill and Carl Jung, this book offers fresh perspectives on the achievements of greatness.  Written with grace, wit, and quiet erudition—heartily recommended." - Michael Grosso, Ph.D, author, Soulmaker, The Millennium Myth.


"John Chambers has penetrated to the core of human genius, and found it has less to do with raw intelligence than we previously assumed. The two dozen, extraordinary individuals he examines—despite their radical diversity—all share something in common; namely, the application of spiritual experience to life. Chambers thereby unveils the most empowering secret available to every man and woman." - Frank Joseph, editor-in-chief, Ancient American magazine, author, Survivors of Atlantis, Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America.


"John Chambers is a gifted writer, and his writings are always topnotch, educational, and entertaining reading. He researches his material and knows about what he writes! In this book, Chambers looks at how twenty-four remarkable men and women were touched by spiritual worlds and what it did to and for each of them. This book is about relationships between humans, God, nature, and the realm of spirituality from the era of the 16th century to the 20th century.  Occult influences are covered. Paranormal experiences and other intriguing factors are involved in the book, detailed, analyzed, and shared with the reader. This reviewer found the following sections of special interest, and thinks the reader will also: Michel de Nostradamus, William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Honoré de Balzac, Madame Helena Blavatsky, William Butler Yeats, Carl G. Jung, Sri Yashoda Ma, Doris Lessing, and Norman Mailer.  The book as a whole does a fine and excellent job at presenting its subjects in honest, straight-forward analysis, and it is a book that should be on readers' reading lists as a well-written and memorable book concerning the intricate topic of spirituality and its effect on people. For a book that is well-researched, well-written, and well-explained, John Chambers deserves a round of applause and a wide reading audience. This is an entertaining reading experience. The Secret Life of Genius is a heady, intimate reading journey! The subjects come alive! Highly recommended." - Review by Lee Prosser - leep@ghostvillage.com, Ghostvillage.com <http://www.ghostvillage.com>, June 3, 2009.


"Chambers has opened our eyes wide into the incredible spiritualist life of many
fascinating people known and not so well known. Each chapter featuring another
genius can be read independently of the others. His exhaustive research looks
deep into a life unfamiliar to most of us. Highly recommended for book group
discussion." - A. MacKay Betts, AMAZON.COM, May 16, 2013.


"The Secret Life of Genius is itself a work of genius--of a type. One would have to go back to the best critics of earlier generations to find a match for the barrage of insights that saturate the pages of this wonderful entertaining book--to authors like J. B. Priestley, John Cowper Powys, Colin Wilson, Prichett, Frances Yates, G. Wilson Knight, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom. To read The Secret Life of Genius is the equivalent of a gourmet dinner topped off with two double expressos.
"The chapter on Balzac is extremely insightful and provocative. The chapter on Blake is sublime and stunning; the author demonstrates an understanding of Blake's Gnosticism as well as his connection to the Lurianic Cabala and its concept of the Primal Adam that existed before the Creation and the Fall. In many ways Blake's poetry and paintings are vastly superior to any attempt at a poetic epic on the part of Hugo whose supreme achievement is found in his fiction. The prose epic Les Miserables is the greatest single work in French literature before A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. In this work Hugo was more successful than Blake or Balzac in fusing the echoes and foreshadowings of a Swedenborgian parallel world with the political and social world of the Restoration with all its grief and injustice. Blake achieved this type of unity only in his lyrics and Balzac was a great novelist only when he allowed himself to leave the Occult in the background. All the great French nineteenth century novelists are Balzacian spin offs. [The awesome, heartbreaking, beautiful 22-page segment on Yukio Mishima  is the climax of the whole book and probably the best account of this matchless author ever penned. . . . (It) goes deeply into the (reincarnational) beauty of alayavijnana.]" - Steven Sittenreich, AMAZON.COM, Jan. 17, 2014.



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This is such a fantastic book! I read it about a year ago, and now my mate is reading it. I think I may have to read it again. This book is fascinating in so many ways. As many of us read great literature we intuit meaning that isn't logically present. We call this 'reading between the lines.' If you have been reading between the lines of great literature realizing something spiritual was responsible, then this book helps make sense of why. It will also help you make sense of patterns and synchronicities you experience while engaging in spiritual/creative life."  -  Kristina's Review, GOODREADS.





January 2008, Inner Traditions/Bear & Company <http://www.InnerTraditions.com>, of Rochester, Vermont, published a completely revised and expanded edition of Conversations with Eternity: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Victor Hugo (New Paradigm Books, 1998) under the title



 VICTOR HUGO'S CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SPIRIT WORLD
A Literary Genius's Hidden Life
By John Chambers

Imprint: Destiny Books. ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-182-8. ISBN-10: 1-59477-182. 0. $18.95. Paper. 384 pages. 6 x 9. Three illustrations.

 




"Things to do on Jersey when you're dead...This intriguing corner of the great novelist's life is exceptionally well documented in Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World, by John Chambers. Chambers, the first person to translate the séance transcripts into English (in an earlier edition of this book), does a fine job of evoking the atmosphere of the exiles' home away from home, their bitter homesickness and burgeoning fascination with the occult. His book is unusually well written for a study of this kind, laced with keen character sketches and absorbing sidelights on William Blake, James Merrill, and Kabbalah. He presents the facts without undue speculation and lets his readers draw their own conclusions....Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World is a superb contribution to literary history and to the study of the paranormal. I recommend it highly." - Michael Prescott, April 28, 2008.  For full text, click on <http://michaelprescott.typepad.com/michael_prescotts_blog/2008/04/things-to-do-on.html>

"Focuses on Victor Hugo's exile on the island of Jersey, where he and his friends escaped the reign of Napoleon III and where he transcribed hundreds of channeled conversations with various incarnate energies from beyond. New age collections will find it an intriguing addition." - Midwest Book Review, April 3, 2008 (Oregon, WI).
 

"...Hugo comes across as a complex man - as one would expect - egotistical and selfish, overbearing towards his family, yet sensitive and passionate on occasion. He was also capable of surprising insights, musing on time running backwards, or prefiguring David Bohm's holographic universe. While not convinced that the séances were "the greatest... adventure into the supernatural that has ever been recorded", I would agree that this is a fascinating story, and it is told in an engaging way." - Tom Ruffles, NTHPOSITION Online Magazine, March 2008. For full text, click here:  <http://www.nthposition.com/victorhugosconversations.php>
 

"I assure you you will be entertained, amused and will find yourself pondering the conversations included in this book.  It is a fascinating volume." - ZODIAC BISTRO.
 

"I picked up this book as a lark, but to my surprise it turned out to be a fascinating read full of forgotten little tidbits of history." - SME, Bookworm Collective, Jan. 25, 2009.
 

"Chambers’s writing is somewhat redolent of the style of some French popular biographers of the 1950s, such as André Maurois. This is not a criticism by any means. Quite the opposite, in fact: the novelistic way in which he presents a certain number of scenes – all conscientiously documented, one should add – makes for very pleasant reading and helps to better grasp the ambiance of the time." - Dr. Vittorio Frigerio, Head, Department of French, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dalhousie French Studies, No. 86, Spring 2009.


ROCK STAR POWER PROPELS HUGO’S CONVERSATIONS
 (June 17, 2008)  A mention of Victor Hugo’s Conversations with the Spirit World by rising 28-year-old Brit rock star Natasha Khan in an interview in the Manchester Guardian for Monday, June 16, sent sales of the book soaring on AMAZON.COM.UK (and probably in bookstores).  MORE...


Click on <http://www.newpara.com/johnchambers.htm> for details, including reviews.















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


In 2015, Inner Traditions will publish John Chambers's latest book,


ISAAC NEWTON
Rescuing the Soul of Man



Projected Table of Contents

I.  Rescuing the Soul of Man
II. The Newton Code
III. Apocalypse 2060?
IV. Till the Conversion of the Jews
V.
Underground Warrior
VI.  Murder in the Fourth Century A.D.:
(1) Bloodbath in a Boghouse

VII. Murder in the Fourth Century A.D.:
(2) The Severed Hand
VIII. The Temptation of Saint Anthony
IX. On the Mountaintop with Noah

X. Comet of Light and Darkness
XI. Deconstructing Time
XII. In Search of the Golden Fleece
XIII. A Glitter of Atlantis
XIV.
The Riddle of Life
XV. The Music of the Spheres
XVI. The Son of Archimedes



On February 5, 2014, Edizioni Crisalide, Via Campodivivo, 43 - 04020 Spigno Saturnia (LT), Italy,  Tel.: +39 0771.64463 - Fax +39 0771.639121 <crisalide@crisalide.com>, <http://www.crisalide.com> published the Italian edition of
THE SECRET LIFE OF GENIUS: HOW 24 GREAT MEN AND WOMEN WERE TOUCHED BY SPIRITUAL WORLDS by John Chambers, under the title


LA VITA SEGRETA DEL GENIO: L'IRRUZIONE DELLO SPIRITO NELLA VITA DI VENTIQUATTRO PERSONAGGI FAMOSI


Contenuto:
Isaac Newton, Wolfgang Goethe, Tommaso d’Aquino, Benvenuto Cellini: questi sono alcuni dei ventiquattro personaggi famosi la cui biografia spirituale è presentata nel libro.L’autore mostra come le loro opere siano state il risultato non solo del loro infaticabile impegno ad eccellere nel loro campo, ma anche dell’irruzione del mondo dello spirito nella loro vita.

Lettore tipo:
Sia i lettori dediti alla ricerca spirituale, che quelli che si interessano di storia, filosofia e letteratura.

Argomenti di vendita:
Si tratta di un testo assolutamente originale, che esamina la vita dei personaggi trattati non tanto dal punto di vista della loro vita esteriore, quanto da quello della loro capacità di entrare in contatto con il mondo spirituale.


In the Italian edition, chapters on Ben Jonson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Doris Lessing and Yukio Mishima have been replaced by chapters on Thomas Acquinas, Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Schumann, Rudolph Steiner and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.








NEW PARADIGM BOOKS ceased publication Summer 2008

NEW AGE BOOKS ABROAD
ceased publication Spring 2009



In the period since New Paradigm Books was closed, rights to four of its titles have been transferred to other publishers. Conversations with Eternity: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Victor Hugo, by John Chambers, has been reissued in revised and expanded form as VIctor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World: A Literary Genius's Hidden Life <http://www.innertraditions.com> (see this page).

Practical Sufism

The Sovereign Soul by Philip Gowins and In Search of the Unitive Vision by Seymour B. Ginsberg have been republished by Quest Books <http://www.questbooks.net/> as, respectively, Practical Sufism and The Masters Speak.

The Masters Speak.


  

NEW AGE BOOKS ABROAD closed in Spring 2009. For details click on
 <http://www.newpara.com/new_age_books_abroad.htm> This page also contains 14 back issues stored as PDF files and is a kind of museum page, commemorating a publication that was popular and successful for several years as an on-line agent for selling translation rights to foreign publishers but now is no longer in operation.






















 

 

 

 

 

 


 

JOHN CHAMBERS, 1225 Manzanita Hills Avenue, Redding, California 96001, Tel: (530) 244-5952, <darbyc@earthlink.net> <http://www.newpara.com>