"This is how biographies should be written: Steinmeyer the ideal host, introducing us to a fascinating stranger, and sliding into the background." ( The Times)
"a richly entertaining and illuminating biography...Steinmeyer conjures up his subject's world with wit and empathy" ( Daily Mail)
"Steinmeyer has produced a meticulously researched, marvellously readable window on the life of this extraordinary man." ( Scotland on Sunday)
'I am the first disciple of Charles Fort. Henceforth I am a Fortean'
Since Ben Hecht wrote this line in reviewing The Book of The Damned in 1919, Charles Fort - whose very name spawned an adjective, Fortean, defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as 'relating to or denoting paranormal phenomena' - has so divided opinion that to Theodore Dreiser he was "the most fascinating literary figure since Poe;" to The New York Times he was "the enfant terrible of science;" and to HG Wells he was "one of the most damnable bores who ever cut scraps from out of the way newspapers."
This is the seminal biography of the 20th century's premier chronicler of the paranormal, an inspiration to anyone seeking significance in chaos. Fort provides the impetus for public interest in mysterious phenomena - he coined the word 'teleportation', gathered accounts of spontaneous human combustion, monsters, poltergeists, and what became known as UFO's. His legacy extends to conspiracy theories, sci-fi, graphic novels, film, and of course, the Fortean Times. Fort was first and foremost a writer, and his peculiar brand of agnostic, anti-scientific scepticism remains unique.
Told against the backdrop of jazz age New York and Edwardian London, Charles Fort: The Man who Invented the Supernatural is about wonder, obsession, and mystery, and an iconoclastic author who has become an unlikely cult hero.
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