Seabrook, William (Buehler) (1886–1945)
American traveler and author who explored paranormal
phenomena and occultism many years before the occult revival
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of the 1960s and 1970s. From the 1920s onward, he lived with
a Bedouin tribe in Arabia, witnessed whirling dervish dancing
at a monastery in Tripoli, saw Yezidee devil worshipers in Kurdistan,
studied voudou in Haiti for a year, and also investigated
black magic in West Africa. Born February 22, 1886, in Westminster,
Maryland, he was educated at Mercersburg Academy;
Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia (Ph.B.); Newberry College,
South Carolina (M.A.); and the University of Geneva.
In 1908 he worked as a reporter on the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
and became city editor at the age of 22. He went on to become
a partner in an advertising agency in Augusta, then enlisted
in the French Army in 1915. He was discharged after a
gas attack at Verdun and awarded a Croix de Guerre. After a
period as a farmer in Georgia, he went to New York, where he
worked as a reporter for the New York Times, then as a writer
for King Features Syndicate.
In 1924, he visited Arabia, where he lived with a Bedouin
tribe, and thereafter he devoted himself to traveling and writing.
In 1933, he committed himself to a New York hospital
where he was treated for alcoholism; his seven-month treatment
became the basis of his book Asylum (1935). He died on
September 20, 1945, at Rhinebeck, New York, by committing
suicide.
Sources
Seabrook, William Buehler. Adventures in Arabia Among the
Bedouins. New York, Blue Ribbon Books, 1930.
———. Jungle Ways. N.p., 1931.
———. The Magic Island. 1929. Reprint. New York Paragon
House, 1989.
———. No Hiding Place. Philadelphia; New York J. B. Lippencott,
1942.
———. These Foreigners. New York Harcourt, Brace & Co.,
1938.
———. The White Monk of Timbuctoo. New York Harcourt,
Brace & Co., 1934.
———. Witchcraft Its Power in the World Today. New York
Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1940.

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