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Who Is Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)?


Evelyn Underhill was born in Wolverhampton in 1875, the daughter of a London barrister, and married in 1907 to a childhood friend who was also a lawyer. During her youth she was a member of The Golden Dawn. She was educated at King's College for Women in London.
In 1921, she served as the Upton Lecturer on the Philosophy of Religion at Manchester College, Oxford, and was the first woman to ever give a series of lectures on theology at that school. Her writing and lectures brought her an international reputation and a fellowship at Kings College for Women.
She published her first book in 1902. Her most famous work is Mysticism: a Comprehensive Study of the Spiritual Life and Religious Experience. During her lifetime, and in particular from the publication of Mysticism in until her death in 1941, Underhill was one of the best-known spiritual writers in Great Britain. Several editions have been published, not only in England, but also in France and Germany. It now more and more generally accepted by theologians, philosophers and psychologists, as representing in its intensive form the essential religious experience of man.
Among her other works are:
The Mystic Way (1913)
Practical Mysticism (1915)
The Essentials of Mysticism (1920)
The Life of the Spirit and the Life of Today (1922)
Concerning the Inner Life" (1926),
Man and the Supernatural (1927)
The House of the Soul (1929)
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