Evelyn Underhill

Anglican author on mysticism


December 6, 1875
June 15, 1941


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Evelyn Underhill was one of the premiere authors on mysticism of the twentieth century.

Born in Wolverhampton, England in 1875 to barrister Sir Arthur Underhill and his wife, Evelyn was educated at home and at King's College for Women. In 1907 she married Hubert Stuart Moore, also a barrister. In that year she also underwent an experience of conversion to Christianity. Much of the rest of her life became a quest to find the meaning of her early religious experiences. Throughout the rest of her life she moved from Neoplatonist to Theist to Christocentric Christian.

The first book resulting from this interest was Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, published in 1911. This book remains the classic in its field. She later wrote numerous other book on mysticism and other topics, including Practical Mysticism, also available at the CCEL.

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