This book is a study of modern spiritualism, which flourished in the third quarter of the nineteenth century, and of surrealism, in its heyday between the world wars. The pairing yields a range of provocative material for working through issues with which criticism in all sorts of fields today remains preoccupied.
Daniel Cottom, Professor of English, University of Florida
"'The horoscope for Cottom's Abyss of Reason seems to be very auspicious: I would issue a contract straight away..... I think this book could find an audience both within and without the academy.'James Longenbach, University of Rochester."