ATG Quirkies: “And Away We Go” The Jackie Gleason Collection of the Supernatural and the Occult

Unbeknown to many of his fans, Jackie Gleason, the well known television comedian and motion picture actor had “a deep and abiding interest in parapsychology and its many components.” So much so that he collected “approximately 1,700 volumes of books, journals, proceedings, pamphlets, and publications in the field of parapsychology.” His collection consists of “both scholarly and popular works published in the United States and abroad” and will impress anyone interested in this fascinating topic. (See also: Spectral Collections: The Jackie Gleason Collection)

Fortunately, Marilyn Gleason, the widow of Jackie Gleason, donated the collection to the University of Miami Library in 1988 and their Special Collections has assembled a website featuring numerous examples from the collection. 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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