Emanuel Swedenborg Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Trobridge, George. Swedenborg: Life and Teaching, New York: Swedenborg Foundation, 1962, 298 p.

Fourth revised edition of the semi-official New Church intellectual biography of Swedenborg.


Bradford, David T. “Neuropsychology of Swedenborg's Visions.” Perceptual and Motor Skills 88, no. 2 (April 1999): 377-83.

Argues that Swedenborg's visionary experiences can be interpreted as an instance of neuropsychological symptomatology—a physical anomaly in his brain, or brain damage—under the influence of a powerful intellect.

Carr, Robert. “Divine Construct and the Individual Will: Swedenborgian Theology in The Book of Thel.Colby Library Quarterly 23, no. 2 (June 1987): 77-88.

Examines William Blake's poem The Book of Thel in light of Swedenborg's theology.

Garrett, Clarke. “Swedenborg and the Mystical Enlightenment in Late Eighteenth-Century England.” Journal of the History of Ideas 45, no. 1 (January-March 1984): 67-81.

Explores the influence of Swedenborg on three eighteenth-century religious thinkers—Jacob Duché, Charles Rainsford, and Ralph Mather—all of whom longed for spiritual enlightenment and believed they found it in Swedenborg's writings.

Keiser, Thomas W. “Swedenborg, Cultism, and the Problem of Evil.” In Swedenborg and His Influence, edited by Erland J. Brock et al., pp. 121-33. Bryn Athyn, Penn.: Academy of the New Church, 1988.

Presents a profile of the typical cult and its methods, considers why the New Church set up by Swedenborg's followers has been regarded by some as a cult, and discusses how Swedenborg's view of evil—as the failure to compel oneself to meet the requirement of being human—is different from that of many other religious thinkers.

Synnestvedt, Sig. The Essential Swedenborg: Basic Teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Scientist, Philosopher, and Theologian, edited and by Sig Synnestvedt. New York: Swedenborg Foundation and Twayne Publishers, 1970, 202 p.

Reproduces Swedenborg's important writings and provides brief commentaries.

Viscomi, Joseph. “In the Caves of Heaven and Hell: Swedenborg and Printmaking in Blake's Marriage.” In Blake in the Nineties, edited by Steve Clark and David Worrall, pp. 27-60. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Explores the relation between Swedenborg and the allusions to printmaking in William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

Wilkinson, Lynn R. The Dream of an Absolute Language: Emanuel Swedenborg and French Literary Culture, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996, 319 p.

Traces the reception of Swedenborg's work in France, noting his influence on literary figures and comparing his ideas with philosophers and theorists.