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Author, automatist. B. Cork, Ireland. Short story writer, novelists and playwright. Miss Cummins has contributed articles and book reviews to such publications as Irish Statesman, Irish Writing, Time and Tide, Englishwoman, Times Literary Supplement, Pall Mall Magazine, Yorkshire Post, Daily News. Her latest book is Variety Show (1959), a collection of short stories.

Beginning in the 1920s, Miss Cummins' apparent psychic faculty evidenced itself in a series of scripts produced in trance through automatic writing during experiments conducted by Miss E. B. Gibbes and others. Several of Miss Cummins' trance-produced scripts have been since published, the first, The Scripts of Cleopatra (1928), based on early Christian history containing a foreward by professors of theology and Hebrew at London, Edinburgh and St. Andrew universities. From 1928 to 1943, Miss Cummins wrote eight more volumes concerned with early Christian history, all obtained automatically, and many of them going into several editions (When Nero was Dictator, I Appeal Unto Cesear, The Childhood of Jesus, The Manhood of Jesus). She also wrote in automatic script the book The Road to Immortality (1932, 1956), purporting to be a communication from the deceased F.W.H. Myers (q.v.), a founder of the Society for Psychical Research.

Her other books on psychic research include Beyond Human Personality (1932, 1952); Unseen Adventures (1951); Mind in Life and Death (1956); with Miss E. B. Gibbs: They Survive (1946); Travellers in Eternity (1948); The Fate of Colonel Fawcett (1955). Miss Cummins' extrasensory abilities have been used by physicians in attempts to explore the subconscious minds of patients suffering from neuroses, and a report on some of this work appears in Healing the Mind by "Dr. R. Connell," a physician writing under a pseudonym. Miss Cummins has lectured on psychic research throughout Great Britain. Her articles have appeared in Light, SPR Journal, ASPR Journal, Psychic News, Two Worlds, Prediction. Residence: Woodville, Glanmire, County Cork, Eire; 25 Jubilee Place, Chelsea, London, S.W. 3, England.

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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