Excalibur. SCIENTOLOGY, E. Blanche PRITCHETT.

Excalibur

Lakemont, GA: CSA Publishers, 1964. First Edition. Science fiction novel by the one-time Scientologist, parapsychologist, and UFOlogist E. Blanche Pritchett. Pritchett claimed her book was the identical text to that supposedly "psychically transferred" to Scientology leader L. Ron Hubbard for his legendary but never published work of the same title. As with her previous novel, a tale of alien abduction titled Japhalein, Mother-Ship of This Galaxy, Pritchett refused to call Excalibur a work of fiction, instead presenting it as a spiritual text based on her encounters with extraterrestrials and denizens of the spirit-world.

The work appears to occupy a position of some notoriety in Scientology circles, though its actual relation to Hubbard's reputed manuscript is uncertain. We however note Hubbard's disavowal of the author in a 1960 issue of his newsletter, Ability: "Blanche Pritchett being criminally connected, has no cer­tificate or right to practice in Scientology and was dismissed a year ago for unsatisfactory conduct in the Founding Church" (Hubbard, Ability. June 1, 1960, p.8). The same year Pritchett founded the so-called "Marcap Council" in Fort Myers, Florida, a "religious research" foundation that appeared to be in direct competition with Hubbard for acolytes. Extremely scarce; OCLC notes two locations only (NYPL and Library of Congress). Not in Bleiler. 12mo (18cm). Pink pictorial card wrappers with matching pictorial dustjacket; viii,272pp. Text printed entirely on pink paper. Stain (ca 1" diameter) to baser of front wrapper (not visible under jacket), else minor wear and soiling, the jacket complete but with a few closed tears at flap-folds; Very Good.

Price: $250.00

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