Politics of the Imagination: The Life, Work and Ideas of Charles Fort, Introduction by John Keel by Colin BennettJohn Keel Politics of the Imagination: The Life, Work and Ideas of Charles Fort, Introduction by John Keel
by Colin Bennett
John Keel


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A great American crank, in the best sense of the word, Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932) spent his life hunting down reports of "anomalous phenomena"-"damned" events such rains of frogs, cattle mutilations, and UFO sightings-and studying them from a true outsider's perspective, one that characterized even objective science as wearing blinders in its approach to them. In this modern classic of analytical biography, Colin Bennett examines not only the life of this one-man investigator of real-life X-Files but his work as well, likening him to such diverse figures that loom in the cultural imagination as Lee Harvey Oswald and Shakespeare's Hamlet. A must-read for fans of the strange, this riveting book explores why the 20th century, which gave rise to conspiracy-theory philosophies and widespread distrust of social authority, embraced Fort so wholly that his name has been immortalized in the adjective "Fortean." In the course of a delightfully misspent youth, COLIN BENNETT was employed as both a musician and as a mercenary soldier. He was far better at the second than at the first. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, he is the author of the novels Infantryman and The Entertainment Bomb, and paranormal nonfiction including Looking for Orthon, a biography of George Adamski; Politics of the Imagination, a biography of Charles Fort; and An American Demonology, about the head of the 1950s UFO-hunting agency Project Blue Book.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cosimo Books
  • ISBN-10: 1-60520-068-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60520-068-2
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank #11836260
  • Published on: June 01, 2008
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 208 pages

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