She was born in Dieppe , France but grew up in Gosport , Hampshire. Her father, Thomas South, was a researcher into the history of spirituality, and she assisted and collaborated with her father from her youth. She continued private correspondence with several influential Theosophists until her death in Mary Anne wrote A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery  at her father's request, and in parallel with his own composition of a lengthy poem on the same subject.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Reading it after publication, he believed Mary Anne had revealed many hermetic secrets that were better left unpublished, and therefore bought up the remaining stock and, with his daughter, burnt them, along with the unfinished manuscript of his poem.
Only a few copies of the book survived. Ms Atwood published nothing after A Suggestive Inquiry. Walter Leslie Wilmshurst, in his introduction to the reissue, laments that the thoughts of her later years did not find fruition in another work.
He claims, however, that there is much to be found in her papers, of which he was then in possession. Get A Copy. Paperback , Facsimile Reprint , pages. Published April 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Liber et placet et non placet. Scriptrix eruditissima, attamen nimis suae aetatis.
Credit veteribus mythis, erroresque antiquos dictitat, quos ego, qui aegypticos libros aegyptice lego, falsum esse novi.
Veritatem ab origine accipit, sicut enim illi viatores indubii, quos crebro citat. Nam, Corpus illud Hermeticum amo, atque opera alchemica posterioris Medii Aevi me delectant, attamen lectione skepsin non sepono.
Inest sapientia, et mysteria sunt saepe pulchra, saltem ut poiesis. At non credo quo Liber et placet et non placet. At non credo quod oblectat. Agnosco quoque styli victoriani et repetitionis immodicae me taedere. Ferme item mihi tolerantia neo-platonismi ocius evanescit. Fontibus permultis auctrix utitur, e quibus locos copiose transfert.
Liber bibliographia eget, attamen e commentariis in ima pagina facile bibliographiam propriam condere potes. Hic est thesaurus in libro maximus : lectrix, quae vult sapere, lector qui vult discere, ipsi laborare debent. Magistra semitam ostendit, utensilia indicavit, sed opus est discipulis eniti.
View 1 comment. Oct 15, M. The book largely fails to truly explain the underlying philosophy of hermeticism in a way not applied solely to alchemy.
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A suggestive inquiry into the Hermetic mystery
Mary Anne Atwood was a hermetist and a believer in spiritual alchemy. After a childhood heavily influenced by her father, a researcher into spiritualism, Mary was always interested in the possibility of an alternative spirituality and a realm beyond the tangible. This work is her attempt to transmit her beliefs to the world. South financed the anonymous publication of the book but sadly without ever reading a full draft of her manuscript. Once he read the book upon publication he was immediately seized with powerful anxiety and attempted to buy back every copy, with the aim of burning every one to protect the secrets inside. Nearly every copy was lost due to his efforts.
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