Prince, Walter (1863 - 1934)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Walter Franklin Prince was born in Detroit, ME, received his A.B. (1896) and his Ph.D (1898) from Yale and a B.D. from Drew Theological Seminary (1897). He held several pastorates in various states (including Maine) until he left his last one in 1917 to become the assistant to Dr. James H. Hyslop at the American Society for Psychical Research. He became head of the Society after Hyslop's death in 1920 and helped to found the Boston Society for Psychic Research (1925) where he held the position of Executive Research Officer and Editor until his death. He is most well known for his work with an entity calling herself Patience Worth who began communicating through Pearl Curran, a St. Louis MI housewife.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Psychic in the House (1926)
  • Noted Witnesses for Psychic Occurrences: Incidents and Biographical Data, with Occasional Comments (1928)
  • the Case of Patience Worth: a Critical Study of Certain Unusual Phenomena (1929)
  • the Enchanted Boundary: Being a Survey of Negative Reactions to Claims of Psychic Phenomena 1820-1920 (1930)