Thursday 4 July 2013 | 7.00 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm) | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | ADMISSION IS FREE BUT CAPACITY IS LIMITED | Book your places now
Authors Marsha Keith Schuchard and Gary Lachman discuss the challenges of writing a modern biography of Emanuel Swedenborg(1688-1772). Lachman and Schuchard are renowned scholars on esoteric traditions and have introduced Swedenborg’s life, ideas and their cultural influence to countless new audiences. Gary Lachman’s introduction to Swedenborg, Into the Interior: Discovering Swedenborg (Swedenborg Society, 2010) continues to be a bestseller at the Society and Penguin Books USA recently purchased the paperback rights. Marsha Keith Schuchard’s book, Why Mrs Blake Cried (Random House, 2006) represented a fascinating study of William Blake and the influence of Swedenborg and radical religious thought upon his work. Schuchard has since completed an extensive biography of Swedenborg, tracing his connections with the political and occult movements of his time.
On Thursday evening, Lachman and Schuchard will each present a short talk on their individual approaches to ‘writing Swedenborg’, before entering into conversation with one another, and with the audience. Gary Lachman will speak about placing Swedenborg in his ‘secret history of consciousness’, alongside thinkers like Rudolf Steiner and Jung, and the challenge of making him accessible to modern readers. Dr. Marsha Keith Schuchard will speak more particularly on the differences between a secular and spiritual perspective on Swedenborg, his political activities and their relation to his spiritual visions. The authors will then enter into conversation with each other, and with the audience.
Gary Lachman was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full time writer on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to the history of literature and popular culture. Lachman’s publications include Into the Interior: Discovering Swedenborg (Swedenborg Society, 2010) and Jung The Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). He lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe and his work has been translated into several languages. Further information.
Marsha Keith Schuchard, Ph. D has published extensively on eighteenth-century Cabalistic and ‘illuminist’ Freemasonry and its influence on Swift, Ramsay, Swedenborg, and Blake. Dr Schuchard’s publications include Why Mrs Blake Cried: William Blake and the Erotic Imagination (Random House, 2006) and a biography of Swedenborg, entitled Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden (Brill Academic Publishers, 2011). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Further information.
Admission is free but capacity is limited. Advance booking is highly recommended via firstname.lastname@example.org / 02074057986. Doors open at 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start. Please find further details on our website.