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The Romance of Sorcery: The Famous Exploration of the World of the Supernatural

by Sax Rohmer Author

Originally published in 1914 and out of print for decades, this classic is back, offering a historical survey of magic and the occult and explaining centuries of mystical rituals and supernatural occurrences. Ancient Egyptian spiritual practices, the Oracle of Delphi, the alchemical quest to turn lead into gold, the Inquisition, Nostradamus, Dr. John Dee, Cagliostro, and Madame Helena Blavatsky all make appearances. Flowery, fun to read, and full of flamboyant characters and gripping dramas, Rohmer purported to be a serious investigative journalist but shone as a magnetic storyteller, and really does make all these stories feel deeply romantic and exciting.