THE SEERESS: A NOVEL. George Lissenden.

THE SEERESS: A NOVEL. London: Heath Cranton Limited, 1927. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-286 [287-288: blank], original tan cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. A society romance set during World War One, in which Sybil, the eponymous young psychic, enters into an "unsuitable" marriage. Her husband is killed in the war and, after a year or so, she marries an older man (a widower and old friend). The story reads like a woman's novel from the Victorian or Edwardian era. The main theme is "a worldwide awakening of mankind as to the purpose of life." More themes -- in the form of short lectures -- are thrown into the mix -- the Natural Woman, marital relationships, spiritualism versus Christianity, mediums and occult phenomena, social reform and labor relations -- but to no avail, they dissolve unresolved in a story focused upon the doings of the upper echelon of society in Liverpool. Had the social and economic themes been developed along with forthright pure instincts of the Seer, this might have been an interesting reform novel. Day (1963), p. 53. Reginald 09093. First two leaves foxed, a very good copy. JISC (COPAC) reports 3 copies. OCLC adds 3 more. (#164401).

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