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Survival of Death: 
Is There A Life After Death?The Pro & Con
A Bibliography

More than 150 titles are listed BELOW by date of publication. 
Only books of a more serious nature are listed with an
emphasis on books dealing with parapsychological, philosophical
and scientific evidence and arguments.

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1900     Royce, J.  The Problem of Immortality.  Boston:   Houghton Mifflin.

1900     Savage, Minot J.  Life Beyond Death. Putnam.

1903     Myers, F.W.H.  Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death.  2 volumes.  London: Longmans, Green.

1909     Lodge, Sir Oliver.  The Survival of Man.   London:  Methuen.  240 pp.

1909     Lombroso, Cesare.  After Death--What? Spiritistic Phenomena and Their Interpretation. Boston: Small, Maynard.  364 pp.

1909     Flammarion, Camille.  Death and Its Mystery: Proofs of the Existence of the Soul.  London:  T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd.

1915     Holt, Henry.  On the Cosmic Relations.  2 volumes.  London: Williams and Norgate.

1915    McTaggart, J.M.E.  Human Immortality and Pre-Existence.   London:  Edward Arnold.

1917     Barrett, William. F.  On the Threshold of the Unseen:  An Examination of the Phenomena of Spiritualism and the Evidence for Survival after Death.
                   New York:  E. P. Dutton.  336 pp.

1919     Hyslop, J.H.  Contact with the OTher World.  New York:  Century Company.

1923     Flammarion, Camille.  Death and Its Mystery: Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dead. London:  T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd.

1923     Flammarion, Camille.  Death and Its Mystery: The Soul After Death.  London:  T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd.

1926     Barrett, William. Death-Bed Visions: The Psychical Experiences of the Dying. London: Methuen & Co.

1925     Broad, C.D.  The Mind and Its Place in Nature.  London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul.

1926     Marchant, James (ed.).  Immortality.   London:  G.P. Putnam's Sons.

1933     Lawton, G.  The Drama of Life After Death.  London:  Constable.

1936     Shirley, r.  The Problem of Rebirth:   The Basis of the Reincarnation Hypothesis.  London:  Rider.

1937     Osborn, Arthur W.  The Superphysical:   A Review of the Evidence for Continued Existence, Reincarnation, and Mystical States of Consciousness. 
                   London:   Ivor Nicholson &Watson, Limited.

1938      Richmond, Z.  Evidence of Purpose.   London:  Bell.

1938.    Saltmarsh, H.F.  Evidence of Personal Survival from Cross-Correspondences.  London: Bell.

1939     Richmond, K.  Evidence of Identity.   London:  Bell.

1943     Baird, A.T.  One Hundred Cases for Survival After Death.  London:  T. Werner Laurie, 1943

1945     Murphy, G.  Three Papers on the Survival Problem.  New York:  American Society for Psychical Research, 1945.

1948     Baird, A.T.  Case Book for Survival.   London:  Psychic Press.

1949     Maritain, J.  Man's Destiny in Eternity.   Boston:  Beacon Press.

1950     Lamont, Corliss.  The Illusion of Immortality.  New York: The Philosophical Library.

1951.    Ducasse, C. J.  Nature, Mind and Death   Open Court Publishing.

1951     Broad, C.D.  Religion, Philosophy and Psychical Research.  London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul.

1953     Johnson, Raynor C.  The Imprisoned Splendour.  London: Hodder and Stoughton.

1954      Smith, Alson J. Immortality; the Scientific Evidence. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.

1957      Carrington, Hereward.  The Case for Psychic Survival. New York: Citadel Press.

1958.     Broad, C.D.  Personal Identity and Survival.  London: Society for Psychical Research.

1958     Cullman, Oscar.  Immortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead?  The Witness of the New Testament.  London. 

1959      Hart, Hornell.  The Enigma of Survival:  The Case For and Against an After Life.  Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas.

1961      Crookall, Robert.  The Supreme Adventure:  Analyses of Psychic Communications.  London:  James Clarke.

1961      Salter, W.H.  Zoar, or the Evidence of Psychical Research Concerning Survival.  London: Sidgwick and Jackson.

1961      Stevenson, Ian.  The Evidence for Survival from Claimed Memories of Former Incarnations.

1961      Ducasse, C.J.  A Critical Examination of the Belief in a Life After Death.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

1961      Head, Joseph and Cranston, S.L. (eds).   Reincarnation:  An East-West Anthology.  New York.

1961      Osis, K.  Deathbed Observations by Physicians and Nurses.  New York:  Parapsychology Foundation.

1962.     Broad, C.D.  Lectures on Psychical Research.  London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul.

1962      Brandon, S.G.F.  Man and His Destiny in the Great Religions.  Manchester. 

1965       Stendahl, Krister, ed.  Immortality and Resurrection: Death in the Western World: Two Conflicting Currents of Thought. New York: Macmillan.

1965       Crookall, Robert.   Intimations of Immortality.  London:  James Clarke & Col., Ltd.

1966      Beard, Paul.  Survival of Death: For and Against.  London: Hodder and Stoughton.

1966     Osborn, Arthur W.  The Meaning of Personal Existence:  In the Light of Paranormal Phenomena, the Doctrine of Reincarnation and Mystical States
                   of Consciousness.  London:   Sidgwick and Jackson.

1966      Crookall, Robert.  The Next World---and the Next:  Ghostly Garments.  London:  Theosophical Publishing House.

1967      Head, Joseph & Cranston, Sylvia (comps.) Reincarnation in world thought: A living study of reincarnation in all ages; including selections from the
                   world’s religions, philosophies, and sciences, and great thinkers of the past and present. New York: Julian

1967      Crookall, Robert.  Events on the Threshold of the After-life: “Clues” as to “the greatest of all enigmas.” Moradabad, India: Darshana International.

1967      Brandon, Samuel George Frederick. The Judgment of the Dead. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

1968      Toynbee, A.  (ed.)  Man's Concern with Death.  New York:  McGraw-Hill.

1969      Ducasse, C. J. (1979). Paranormal Phenomena, Science, And Life After Death. New York: Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.

1969      Ebon, Martin (ed.)  Reincarnation in the Twentieth Century.  New York:  Signet Books.

1970       Reyes, Benito F.  Scientific Evidence of the Existence of the Soul.  Wheaton, Illinois:  Theosophical Publishing House.

1970      Penelhum, T.  Survival and Disembodied Existence.  London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

1973      Pearce-Higgins, J.D. and Whitby, G.   (eds.)  Life, Death & Psychical Research: Studies on Behalf of The Churches' Fellowship for Psychical
                   Research and Spiritual Studies.  London: Rider and Co.

1973      Jacobson, Nils.  Life without Death?  New York: Delacorte Press.

1973      Rogo, D. Scott.  TheWelcoming Silence: A Study of Psychical Phenomena and Survival of Death. Secaucus, NJ: University Books.

1974      Walker, B.  Byond the Body.   London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul.

1974      Stevenson, Ian.  Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

1974      Smith, Susy.  Life is Forever: Evidence for Survival of Death. New York: Putnam.

1974      Spraggett, Allan.  The Case for Immortality.  New York:  New American Library.

1975      Moody, Raymond.  Life After Life.   New York: Mockingbird Books.

1976      Hick, John.  Death and Eternal Life.  London:  Collins.

1976      Badham, Paul.  Christian Beliefs about Life after Death.  London:  Macmillan.

1976     Toynbee, A.  Life After Death.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 1976.

1977      Moody, Raymond.  Reflections on Life After Life London: Corgi Books.

1977     Ebon, Martin.  The Evidence for Life After Death.  New York: New American Library.  177 pp.

1977     Smith, Suzy.  Voice of the Dead?   New York:  New American Library.

1978      Lewis, H.D.  Persons and Life After Death.  New York:  Barnes and Noble.

1978    Perry, John.  A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company

1979     Christopher, Milbourne.  Search for the Soul:  An Insider's Report on the Continuing Quest by Psychics and Scientists for Evidence for Life After Death. 
                   New York:  Thomas Y. Crowell.  206 pp.

1979     Kastenbaum, R.  (editor).  Betwen Life and Death.  New York:  Springer.

1980     Ring, Kenneth, 1980. Life at Death: A Scientific Investigation of the Near-Death Experience. New York: Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan.

1981     Beard, Paul.  Living On: How Consciousness Continues and Evolves After Death.  New York: Continuum.  202 pp.

1981       Moore, Brooke Noel. The Philosophical Possibilities Beyond Death.  Springfield, Illinois:  Charles C. Thomas.

1981.      Wilson, Ian.  Mind Out of Time:   Reincarnation Investigated.  London:  Victor Gollancz.

1981       Christie-Murray, D.   Reincarnation: Ancient beliefs and modern evidence. Newton Abbot: David and Charles.

1981     Walker, Benjamin.  Masks of the Soul: The Facts Behind Reincarnation.  Wellingborough, England: Aquarian Press. 160 pp.

1982      Gauld, Alan.  Mediumship and Survival:  A Century of Investigations. London: Heinemann.

1982      Gallup, George and Proctor, William.   Adventures in Immortality: A Look beyond the Threshold of Death. New York: McGraw-Hill.

1982      Badham, Paul and Badham, Linda.   Immortality or Extinction?  London:  Macmillan.146 pp.

1982      McAdams, Elizabeth E. & Bayless, Raymond. The Case for Life After Death:  Parapsychologists Look at the Evidence.

1984      Lorimer, David.  Survival? Body, Mind and Death in the Light of Psychic Experience,London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

1984      Kung, Hans. Eternal Life? London: Collins.

1984      Kastenbaum, Robert.  Is There Life After Death?  New York:  Prentice Hall.

1984     Cranston, Sylvia and Williams, Carey. Reincarnation: A New Horizon in Science, Religion and Society.  New York: Julian Press.

1984      Greyson, B., & Flynn, C.P. (eds).   The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 289 pp.

1985      Rogo, D. Scott.  The Search for Yesterday: A Critical Examination of the Evidence for Reincarnation.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.  241 pp.

1985      Wilson, Colin.  Afterlife. An Investigation of the Evidence for Life After Death.  London: Caxton Editions.

1982      Almeder, Robert.  Beyond Death:   Evidence for Life After Death.  Springfield, Illinois:  Charles C. Thomas.

1989     Lund, David H.  Death and Consciousness: The Case for Life After Death. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. 194 pp.

1986.     Rogo, D. Scott.  Life After Death: The Case for Survival of Bodily Death.  Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Eng: Aquarian Press.   158 pp.

1987      Badham, Paul and Badham, Linda, eds.   Death and Immortality in the Religions of the World.  New York: Paragon House. 238 pp.

1987      Meek, G.W.  After We Die, What Then?  Atlanta, Georgia:  Ariel Press.

1987      Stevenson, Ian.  Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia. 354 pp.

1987     Berger, Arthur S. Aristocracy of the Dead: New Findings in Postmortem Survival.   Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. 209 pp.

1987     Wilson, Ian. 1987. The After Death Experience: The Physics of the Non-physical. New York: William Morrow.

1987      Zaleski, C. Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experiences in Medieval and Modern Times. New York: Oxford University Press.

1988     Berger, A.S. Evidence of Life After Death: A Casebook for the Tough-Minded. Springfield, IL : Charles C Thomas.

1989     Wilson, Ian.  The After Death Experience. London:  Sidgwick & Jackson.

1989     Kastenbaum, Robert and Kastenbaum, Beatrice (editors).  Encyclopedia of Death. New York: Avon Books.

1989    Sullivan, Lawrence E. (editor).  Death, Afterlife, and the Soul (Religion, History, and Culture:  Selections from The Encyclopedia of Religion).  New York:  MacMillan Publishing Company.  282 pp.

1989    Davis, Stephen T. (editor).  Death and Afterlife.  London:  Macmillan.

1990      Doore, Gary (editor) What Survives?: Contemporary Explorations of Life after Death. Los Angeles: Jeremy Tarcher, 1990. 287 pp.

1991      Harpur, Tom. Life After Death. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.

1991      Berger, A. & Berger J. (eds.). Reincarnation: Fact or Fable? Wellingborough, Northants: Aquarian Press

1992      Pasricha, S.  Claims of Reincarnation: An Empirical Study of Cases in India. New Delhi: Harman Publishing House.

1992     Almeder, Robert.  Death and Personal Survival: The Evidence of Life After Death.  Lanham, MD: Littlefield Adams.
                   The views of a philosopher particularly interested in the evidence for reincarnation.

1992     Obayashi, Hiroshi, editor.  Death and Afterlife: Perspectives of World Religions. New York:  Praeger.

1992     Edwards, Paul (ed.)  Immortality.   New York: Macmillan.

1993     Becker, Carl B.  Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

1993     Randles, Jenny, and Peter Hough. The Afterlife: An Investigation into Life after Death. London: BCA.

1993.    Blackmore, Susan.  Dying to Live:  Science and the Near-Death Experience.

1994     Farthing, Geoffrey A.  When we Die:  A description of the after-death states and processes as given in The Mahatma leters.   San Diego: 
                  Point Loma Publications.  116 pp.

1995     Coly, L. and McMahon, J.D.S. (eds)   Parapsychology and Thanatology:  Proceedings of an International Conference held in Boston,
                  Massachusetts, November 6-7, 1993.  New York: Parapsychology Foundation. xv + 261 pp.

1995     Geis, R.  Personal Existence after Death: Reductionist Circularities and the Evidence. London: Open Court.

1995     Paterson, R.W.K.  Philosophy and the Belief in a Life after Death.  London: Macmillan.

1996     Roy, Archie.  The Archives of the Mind.   Stanstead: SNU Publications.

1996     Kellehear, A.  Experiences near Death: Beyond Medicine and Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1996     Farthing, Geoffrey (editor and compiler)   After Death Consciousness and Processes: A compilation of extracts from the writings of H.P. Blavatsky
                  and her Initiate Teachers.  San Diego:  Point Loma Publications.  306 pp.

1996     Edwards, Paul. Reincarnation:  A Critical Examination.  Amherst, New York:  Prometheus Books. 313 pp.

1997     Osis, Karlis, and Haraldsson, Erlendur. At the Hour of Death: A New Look at Evidence for Life after Death, 3rd edition. Norwalk, CT: Hastings House.

1997     Griffin, D.R.  Parapsychology, Philosophy and Spirituality: A Postmodern Explanation,Albany: State University of New York Press.

1997    Stevenson, Ian. Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect. Westport, CT: Praeger.

1997    Stemman, R.  Reincarnation:  True Stories of Past Lives.  London:  Piatkus.

1997     Fenwick, Peter, and Fenwick, Elizabeth. The Truth in the Light: An Investigation of Over 300 Near-Death Experiences. New York: Berkley Publishing Group.

1998     Moreland, J. P., and Gary Habermas.   Beyond Death: Exploring the Evidence for Immortality. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.

1999     Shroder, Tom. Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives. New York: Simon and Schuster.

1999     Edwards, D. L.  After Death?: Past Beliefs and Real Possibilities. London: Cassell.

1999     Solomon, Grant and Solomon, Jane.  The Scole Experiment:  Scientific Evidence for Life After Death.  London, Piatkus.

2001      Lewis, James R.  The Death and Afterlife Book: The Encyclopedia of Death, Near Death, and Life After Death.  Visible Ink Press.  446 pp.

2001     Corcoran, Kevin (Editor)  Soul, Body, and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons.  Ithaca, New York:   Cornell University Press.   252 pages

2001      Hodges, David.  Do we Survive Death? A Descriptive Bibliography and Discussion on the Evidence Supporting Survival.   Essex, UK: Webbs Cottage Press.

2001      Fenwick, P. and Fenwick, E.  Past lives: An investigation into reincarnation memories. New York: Berkley Publishing Group.

2002      Schwartz, Gary. The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Evidence of Life After Death.  New York: Pocket Books.

2002     Masumian, Farnaz.  Life After Death: A Study of the Afterlife in World Religions.  Kalimat Press.

2002     Wright, Sylvia Hart. When Spirits Come Calling: The Open-minded Skeptic's Guide to After Death Contacts.  Nevada City, CA: Blue Dolphin Publishing.

2002      Smith, Suzy.  The Afterlife Codes.   Charlottesville, Virginia:  Hampton Roads.

2003     TenDam, Hans.  Exploring Reincarnation:   The Classic Guide to the Evidence for Past-Life Experiences.  London:   Rider.

2003     Stevenson, Ian.  European Cases of the Reincarnation Type. Jefferson: McFarland & Company.

2003     Braude, Stephen.  Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life after Death,Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

2004     Segal, Alan F.   Life after Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western.  New York: Doubleday, 2004. xii + 866 pp.

2005     Lester, David.  Is There Life After Death?  An Examination of the Empirical Evidence.  Jefferson, NC:    McFarland & Company, Inc.

2005     Stemman, Roy. Spirit Communication. A Comprehensive Guide to the Extraordinary World of Mediums, Psychics and the Afterlife.   London: Piatkus Books.

2005     Green, Joel B. and Palmer, Stuart, eds., 2005. In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press,

2005     Tucker, Jim.  Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives. New York: St. Martin's Press.   256 pp.,

2005     Fontana, David.  Is There An Afterlife?:   A Comprehensive Overview of the Evidence.  Hants, UK:  O Books

2006     Storm, Lance and Thalbourne, Michael A.(editors)  The Survival of Human Consciousness:  Essays on the Possibility of Life After Death. 
                  Jefferson, North Carolina:  McFarland.  320 pp.