There have been many biographies of Emanuel
Swedenborg printed over the last 150 years including in the 20th
Century, Life of Emanuel Swedenborg by George Trobridge first
published in 1907, Emanuel Swedenborg Visionary Savant in the Age of
Reason by Ernst Benz first published in 1948 and The Swedenborg
Epic by Cyriel Odhner Sigstedt first published in 1952.
But in 1999 Swedenborg's Hemlighet (Swedenborg's
Secret) by Lars Bergquist was published in Stockholm and
this first major study of Swedenborg in over 50 years has now been
translated into English and published by the Swedenborg Society, London.
Lars Bergquist, born 1930, is a writer and former
diplomat having had postings in Paris, Moscow, London, Peking and the
Vatican and he has published novels and diaries in Sweden and several
books on Emanuel Swedenborg.
This new biography of Swedenborg provides a detailed
account of his life and also shows how his ideas have influenced such
diverse people as Immanuel Kant, William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson and
Jorge Luis Borges. It is a beautifully designed and illustrated book and
it aims to place Swedenborg as a founding figure of modern spirituality
and Western philosophy.
The picture on the left shows Lars Bergquist signing
copies of his book at the launch of the biography at the premises of the
Swedenborg Society in London.
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