MY COUSIN PHILIP: BEING THE LIFE STORY OF PHILIP RIVERS PATER, SQUIRE AND PRIEST, 1834-1913. By Roger Pater [pseudonym]. London: Burns Oates and Washbourne Ltd., 1924. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi-viii] 1-259 [260: blank] [261-263: ads] [264: blank], original decorated red boards, front, spine and rear panels stamped in black. First edition. A novel about the fictional 'clair-audient' priest whose supernatural encounters are recorded in MYSTIC VOICES: BEING EXPERIENCES OF THE REV. PHILIP RIVERS PATER, SQUIRE AND PRIEST 1834-1913 (1923). The story is told in the first person by Roger Pater. " ... the supernatural material is more implicit than explicit, but with, nevertheless, supernatural episodes and stories in the text." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 89. "To understand and appreciate MYSTIC VOICES fully, one must also read MY COUSIN PHILIP, especially for chapter 15, entitled 'A Sixth Sense,' an amplification of the introduction to MYSTIC VOICES that presents in detail Pater's psychological theories of clair-audience. Most important are the specific references to most of the individual stories as examples of the three classes or theories of clair-audience. MY COUSIN PHILIP is so well handled that one could very easily believe it the biography of a real person." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 317-8. "After R. H. Benson, the best examples of religious supernaturalism; 'In Articulo Mortis' and 'A Porta Inferi' are minor classics." - Robert Knowlton. Pater was first revived by Montague Summers in his influential anthology, THE SUPERNATURAL OMNIBUS (1931). Some authorities incorrectly give the author's name as "Hudlestone." Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 144. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 404. Private owner's name and address at upper edge of the front free endpaper. A couple of mild marks to boards, light foxing to page edges, mild tanning to endpapers, a very good copy. Much, much scarcer than MYSTIC VOICES. (#130806).
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