Daniel Defoe, System of Magick

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Kit Kincade (Indiana State University)

Daniel Defoe’s A System of Magick; Or, A History of the Black Art was first published around December 1726 and was one of three non-fiction works on the occult that Defoe published towards the end of his life (the other two being The Political History of the Devil in May 1726 and An Essay on the History and Reality of Apparitions in March 1727). Little known outside of Defoe scholarship today, this work sheds some interesting light on Defoe’s commitment to educating his public on how he believed they should think about the place of magic and magicians historically and how one should understand contemporary ideas and demonstrations of both. Although most acutely debated in the previous generation of …

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Citation: Kincade, Kit. "System of Magick". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1754, accessed 07 February 2023.]

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