Oscar Wilde from Purgatory

Hester Travers Smith (1868 - 1949)

Hester Dowden, who wrote under the name Hester Travers Smith, was an Irish spiritualist medium. She claimed to have communicated with the spirits of various celebrities. In Oscar Wilde from Purgatory, she reproduces the text of her "conversations" with the Irish poet and playwright, conducted via a Ouija board and automatic writing. Wilde proves just as talkative after death as he was in life. His spirit revels in the complements paid to his work by Travers Smith and her colleagues, describes how it feels to exist without a body, and pronounces James Joyce's recently published novel Ulysses a "great bulk of filth". Listeners who are primarily interested in the conversations, rather than Travers Smith's lengthy discussion of them, are directed to Chapter 1 and the Appendices. - Summary by Rob Marland

Genre(s): Other religions

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Foreword, Preface, and Introduction Rob Marland
Play 02 Chapter I: The Psychic Messages and Automatic Writings of Oscar Wilde - part 1 Rob Marland
Play 03 Chapter I: The Psychic Messages and Automatic Writings of Oscar Wilde - part 2 Rob Marland
Play 04 Chapter II: The Automatic Writing Rob Marland
Play 05 Chapter III: The Ouija Board Rob Marland
Play 06 Chapter IV: The Sub-Conscious Rob Marland
Play 07 Chapter V: Cryptesthesia Rob Marland
Play 08 Chapter VI: The Spiritist Explanation Rob Marland
Play 09 Chapter VII: To the Public Rob Marland
Play 10 Appendices Rob Marland