Shaw Desmond

Life
1877-1960; b. Dungarvin, Co. Waterford; novelist and dramatist;lived in London; m. Karen Ewald, Norwegian writer; many writings include history, poetry and psychical research, and travel books such as The Windjammer: The Book of the Horn (1932); also The Drama of Sinn Féin (1923). IF2

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Works
Fru Danmark (1917); The Danish People’s High School (1918); Irland, [trans.] af Kai Friis-Møller (1918); The Soul of Denmark (1918); Democracy: A Novel (London: Sidgwick & Jackson 1919), v, 304pp.; Passion: A Human Story (1920); Labour: the Giant with the Feet of Clay (1921); Bodies and Souls (1922); Citizenship (London: Hoddder & Stoughton 1922), vi., 428pp.; London Nights of Long Ago (1927), 28 ills.; The Drama of Sinn Féin (London: Collins & Sons 1923), xx, 424pp., pls.; Echo (1927); Gods: A Novel (1921); My Country: A Play in Four Acts (1921); The Isle of Ghosts (1925); Ragnarok (1926); Tales of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis (London: G. Richards & H. Toulmin 1929), 319pp., wood-engravings by Ann Gillmore Carter; The Love-Diary of a Boy (1930); Stars and Stripes: Impressions of America (London: Hutchinson 1932), 302pp., port.; The Story of a Light Lady (London: T. Werner Laurie 1932; 1933), 312pp.; Windjammer: The Book of the Horn (London: Hutchinson 1932), 414pp., ill. [99 photos.]; London Pride (1936); God -? (1936); The Tale of a Coat [Burberry Ltd.] (1933); We Do Not Die: on Spiritualism and Reincarnation (1934); African Log (London: Hutchinson 1935), 282pp., ill., photographs & verse by the author; frontispiece from a drawing by Alfred Palmer; World-birth (London: Methuen 1938), xv, 404pp.; Chaos: A Novel (London: Hutchinson 1938), 484pp.; Reincarnation for Everyman (1939; 1950), 243pp.; After Sudden Death [2nd edn.] (1939); Life and Foster Freeman (London: Hutchinson 1940), 518pp.; Spiritualism? (1941); How You Live When You Die: A Guide to the Next World (1942; 1950); You and God (1943); You Can Speak with Your Dead (London & NY: Rider 1941; 1945), 103pp.; Incarnate Isis (1941) [fiction]; Black Dawn (London: Hutchinson 1944), 223pp.; Love after Death (1944); Jesus or Paul? (1945); Paradise Row: A Novel of the Second World War (London: Hutchinson 1946), 272pp.; Nobody Has Ever Died (1946); Spiritualism [by] Shaw Desmond [for] & C. E. M. Joad [against] (1946), ports.; The Story of Adam Verity (1947); My Adventures in the Occult (1947); The Edwardian Story (London: Rockliff [1949]), x, 356pp., ill. ports.; Nathaniel (1950); Personality and Power (1950), pls.; The Edwardian Story (1950), pls. & ports.; Psychic Pitfalls (1950); Pilgrim to Paradise: An Autobiography (London: Rider 1951), 272pp., port.; Love by the Dark Water (1952); Irish Moon (London: Hutchinson 1953), 240pp.; Adam and Eve: a Guide to Sex and Marriage (1954); God’s Englishman (1956); Healing: Psychic and Divine (1956) [Listed in COPAC].

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References
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction [Pt II] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), lists Gods (1921); Isle of Ghosts (1925) [a hectic story of Irish Revolution, 1916]; Echo (1927) [Roman orgies under Nero]; Nathaniel (1950) [autobiog. of a child with West British and Protestant parents who experiments with various forms of religion and culture in London]; Love of Dark Water (1952) [a historical novel set on the Blackwater; ‘impossible brogue’ acc. Clarke]; Irish Moon (1953) [romantic tale of love, sea, and gallows set in 19th c. Waterford]; Clarke considers his works mostly romances in which authenticity is sacrificed to effect.

Eggeley Books (Cat. 44) lists Echo: Roman orgies under Nero (Duckworth 1927), viii, 9-287pp., a story of incarnation in Roman times, with some Irish content; also lists author-inscribed copy of Frederick Kaigh, Witchcraft and Magic of Africa, with foreword by Montague Summers (Richard Lesley 1947).

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