Chicago: Alfred C. Clark, Publisher, 1897. First edition. Small 8vo, original blue cloth, 86 pages. Frontispiece of various cycles and circles of eternity. Cloth somewhat soiled and a little rubbed and bumped; a very good copy. Item #18411
Amateur philosophy seeking to tear down both Darwin and religious orthodoxy; Wright appears to posit matter’s descent from a single atom. With syncretic religion, hints of new criticism, racist anthropology (the decadence of the Yellow Race but a natural cycle), musings upon the Neanderthal skull, misapprehensions of Darwin, and a certain tendency toward the occult. As a contemporary review in the September 7, 1897 issue of the Chicago Tribune notes, “It will be displeasing alike to the orthodox sectarian and to the orthodox scientist, but for those who are free to let their imaginations run over the whole length and breadth of the known and the unknown, including the fascinating quicksands of occultism, the volume will be welcome.”.