Introductory Books

Memoirs of Swedenborg

Carl Robsahm/Emanuel Swedenborg

Dimension: 195x235mm
Format: Hardback
Selected and Edited by: Stephen McNeilly
Revised translation, introduction and commentary by: Anders Hallengen
Publisher: The Swedenborg Society
Language: English
Place of publication: London, UK
Date of publication: 2011

Memoirs of Swedenborg
(ISBN: 978-0-85448-168-2)



First written in Swedish over 200 years ago, Carl Robsahm’s Memoirs of Swedenborg is without doubt the most compelling eyewitness account of Emanuel Swedenborg to be published in any language. Drawing on reminiscences from his own long-standing friendship, as well as information from reliable witnesses and other associates, Robsahm offers a picture of Swedenborg as a man of intelligence and humour. Rich in detail and generosity, this memoir is now a classic in its own right and the primary resource for all subsequent biographers.

The current edition—selected and edited by Stephen McNeilly and revised and annotated by the Swedish scholar Anders Hallengren—contains eight other historical documents and eyewitness accounts, three of which are from the hand of Swedenborg himself. Taken together these intimate testimonies and autobiographical fragments offer an unparalleled insight into the life and character of the man Jorge Luis Borges once described as ‘the most extraordinary man in recorded history’. 

MEMOIRS OF SWEDENBORG AND OTHER DOCUMENTS is the second in a series of historical studies exploring the life, influence and thought of the Swedish mystic and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). The first volume is entitled Swedenborg: Introducing the Mystic and is a revised edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous 1845 lecture on Swedenborg from his volume Representative Men.

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