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New! John V. Fleming illuminates subtleties of the Enlightenment

Frequent reviewer for our magazine, John V. Fleming has a new book out called The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason (W. W. Norton). The book, “shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment . . . were challenged by tenacious religious ideas or channeled into the 'darker' pursuits of the esoteric and the occult.” Pulitzer prize-winning author, Stephen Greenblatt, says of the book, “John Fleming has written a fascinating, compulsively readable account of the shadowy world that lay just beyond the clear, clean, well-ordered boundaries of the Age of Reason. . . . Never has the Enlightenment seemed stranger.” If the title and premise weren’t tantalizing enough, our friends at the American Scholar asked Fleming to “pose questions about what’s to be gained today by studying the Age of Reason.” Head over to Norton’s website to read a full description of the book, take a look inside, and pick up your very own copy.