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Nature Mystics: the Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism - Rebecca Beattie


In this short, readable book, literature devotee and practising witch Rebecca Beattie introduces ten literary greats who are significant precursors to twentieth-century British paganism. Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon espoke of the prevalence of Pan and of nature worship in Edwardian English literature; Beattie has written this short  to highlight ten of these writers. She allocates a concise chapter each to: John Keats, Mary Webb, Thomas Hardy, Sylvia Townsend Warner, D.H. Lawrence, Elizabeth von Arnim, W.B. Yeats, Mary Butts, J.R.R. Tolkien and E. Nesbit. The ten chosen are included because their work speaks of occult or pantheistic forces, and the ideas in their writing fed into the world-view that gave rise to Gardnerian and post-Gardnerian paganism of the mid-twentieth century.

Alresford, Hants, UK: Moon Books (John Hunt Publishing), 2015. Paperback, 131 pages.  New.