Ruskin, John (1819–1900)
Famous British author and critic born in London on February
8, 1819, who owed his belief in survival to Spiritualism. In
Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by W. Holman
Hunt (2 vols., 1913) there occurs the following conversation
‘‘When we last met,’’ said Holman Hunt to Ruskin, ‘‘you declared
you had given up all belief in immortality.’’ ‘‘I remember
well,’’ Ruskin replied, ‘‘but what has mainly caused the change
in my views is the unanswerable evidence of spiritualism. I
know there is much vulgar fraud and stupidity connected with
it, but underneath there is, I am sure, enough to convince us
that there is personal life independent of the body, but with this
once proved, I have no further interest in spiritualism.’’
Also during one summer in Switzerland Ruskin had a startling
experience with a child who saw a ghost that had long
been known to haunt a particular spot in the valley of Chamonix.
He described the female spirit as having no eyes, but only
holes where they were supposed to be.
Ruskin died January 20, 1900.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Prince, Walter F. Noted Witnesses for Psychic Occurrences. Boston
Boston Society for Psychical Research, 1928. Reprint, New
Hyde Park, N.Y. University Books, 1963.