Gopal UnnikrishnaThe spirit or ghost of Patience Worth who was an unmarried English woman and an ardently aspiring writer who lived in Nantucket island
in Massachusetts, USA, in the late 1600s and been killed in an Indian raid transformed Pearl Curran a r…estless housewife plagued by nervous ailments into a busy celebrity in 1919 by appearing to Pearl and dictating fine literary works through the medium of the latter’s Ouija board ( a contrivance to communicate with spirits or ghosts). For three centuries, Patience said, she’d searched for an earthly “crannie” (as in “cranium”) to help her fulfill a burning literary ambition. She’d found it at last in Pearl.
Speaking through a Ouija board operated by Pearl Lenore Curran,Patience Worth was nothing short of a national phenomenon in the early years of the 20th century.Though her works are virtually forgotten today, the prestigious Braithwaite anthology listed five of her poems among the nation’s best published in 1917, and the New York Times hailed her first novel as a “feat of literary composition.” Her output was stunning. In addition to seven books, she produced voluminous poetry, short stories, plays and reams of sparkling conversation—nearly four million words between 1913 and 1937. Some evenings she worked on a novel, a poem and a play simultaneously, alternating her dictation from one to another without missing a beat. “What is extraordinary about this case is the fluidity, versatility, virtuosity and literary quality of Patience’s writings, which are unprecedented in the history of automatic writing by mediums,” says Stephen Braude, a professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a past president of the American Parapsychological Association, who has written widely on paranormal phenomena.