Grossinger, Richard (1944 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Richard Grossinger, born in New York City (Nov.3,1944), lives in California and summers in Manset, Maine. He graduated from Amherst College and received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975. His dissertation, The Strategy and Ideology of Lobster Fishing on the Back Side of Mt. Desert Island, Hancock County, Maine, is an ethnography incorporating economic and ecological studies of fishing communities. Grossinger and his wife, the poet and novelist Lindy Hough, co-founded Io, an alternative college literary magazine in 1964. A forerunner of Whole Earth Review, New Age, and Gnosis -- it was a counter-cultural mix of literature, science, and history. Grossinger and Hough also co-founded North Atlantic Books, publisher of alternative health, martial arts, and spiritual titles.

Selected bibliography

  • The Book of Being Born Again into the World (1974)
  • Book of the Cranberry Islands (1974; poems)
  • Planet Medicine: From Stone-Age Shamanism to Post-Industrial Healing (1980/1990; 1st in trilogy)
  • The Night Sky: The Science and Anthropology of the Stars and Planets (1981/1988/1992; 2nd in trilogy)
  • Planet Medicine: Origins (1990/2001)
  • Homeopathy: An Introduction for Skeptics and Beginners (1993)
  • Planet Medicine: Modalities (1995/2003;
  • New Moon (1996; memoir)
  • Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's (1997; memoir)
  • On the Integration of Nature: Post 9-11 Biopolitical Notes (2005)
  • Migraine Auras: When the Visual World Fails (2006)