Harold Sherman

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Harold Morrow Sherman
Born (1898-07-13)July 13, 1898
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Died August 19, 1987(1987-08-19) (aged 89)
Mountain View, Arkansas, United States
Occupation Novelist, lecturer, humanitarian
Nationality American
Period 20th century
Genre Adventure novel

Harold Sherman (1898-1987) was a prolific American author, lecturer and psychical researcher.[1]

Biography[edit]

Harold Morrow Sherman was born on July 13, 1898, in Traverse City, Michigan. He studied at the University of Michigan for a short amount of time, then moved to Detroit to work for the Ford Motor Company. He married Martha Bain on September 26, 1920, and had two daughters: Mary and Marcia.

In 1921, Harold worked as a reporter for The Marion Chronicle in Indiana. He moved to New York City in 1924 to write several popular boys' sports and adventure books (notably the Tahara series) and to produce two plays on Broadway.

The Sherman family spent the 1950s and early 1960s in Hollywood, writing for television and lecturing on his most recent work.

He died on August 19, 1987.

Telepathy experiment[edit]

Sherman with the explorer Hubert Wilkins carried out their own experiment in telepathy for five and a half months starting in October 1937. This took place when Sherman was in New York and Wilkins was in the Arctic. The experiment consisted of Sherman and Wilkins at the end of each day to relax and visualise a mental image or "thought impression" of the events or thoughts they had experienced in the day and then to record those images and thoughts on paper in a diary. The results at the end when comparing Sherman's diary to Wilkins was claimed to be more than 60 per cent.[2]

The full results of the experiments were published in 1942 in a book by Sherman and Wilkins titled Thoughts Through Space. In the book both Sherman and Wilkins had written they believed they had demonstrated that it was possible to send and receive thought impressions from the mind of one person to another.[3] The magician John Booth wrote the experiment was not an example of telepathy as a high percentage of misses had occurred. Booth wrote it was more likely that the "hits" were the result of "coincidence, law of averages, subconscious expectancy, logical inference or a plain lucky guess."[4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Sherman's personal papers are archived here: http://uca.edu/archives/m87-08-harold-m-sherman-collection/

Non Fiction[edit]

  • Your Key to Happiness (1935)
  • Thoughts through Space (with Sir Hubert Wilkins) (1942)
  • Your Key to Married Happiness (1944)
  • Your Key to Youth Problems (1945)
  • Your Key to Romance (1948)
  • You Live After Death (1949)
  • You Can Stop Drinking (1950)
  • Know Your Own Mind (1953)
  • Adventures in Thinking (1956)
  • TNT, the Power Within You (with Claude Bristol; 1957)
  • How To Turn Failure into Success (1958)
  • How to Use the Power of Prayer (1958)
  • How To Make ESP Work For You (1964)
  • How to Solve Mysteries of Your Mind and Soul (1965)
  • Wonder Healers of the Philippines (1967)
  • Your Mysterious Powers of ESP (1969)
  • How to Foresee and Control Your Future (1970)
  • How to Take Yourself Apart and Put Yourself Back Together Again (1971)
  • The Harold Sherman ESP Manual (with Ambrose and Olga Worrall; 1972)
  • Your Power to Heal (1972)
  • You Can Communicate with the Unseen World (1974)
  • How to Know What to Believe (1976)
  • How to Picture What You Want (1978)
  • The Dead Are Alive! (1981)

Adventure Fiction[edit]

  • Cameron McBain, Backwoodsman (1927)
  • Ding Palmer, Air Detective (1930)
  • The Land of Monsters (1931)
  • Let Freedom Ring! (1932)
  • Tahara Among the African Tribes (1933)
  • Tahara: Boy King of the Desert (1933)
  • Tahara: Boy Mystic of India (1933)
  • Tahara in the Land of the Yucatan (1933)
  • Call of the Land (1948)

Sports Fiction[edit]

  • Block that Kick! (1928)
  • Over the Line (1929)
  • It's a Pass! (1931)
  • Strike Him Out (1931)
  • Interference (1932)
  • Under the Basket (1932)
  • Down the Ice (1932)
  • Double Play (1932)
  • The Tennis Terror (1932)
  • Captain of the Eleven (1933)

Fantasy[edit]

  • The Green Man (1946)
  • All Aboard for the Moon (1947)
  • The Green Man Returns (1947)
  • This Way to Heaven (1948)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Introduction to the Papers of Harold Sherman
  2. ^ Nasht, Simon. (2006). The Last Explorer: Hubert Wilkins, Hero of the Great Age of Polar Exploration. Arcade Publishing. pp. 267-268. ISBN 978-1-61608-717-3
  3. ^ Wilkins, Hurbert; Sherman, Harold. (2004). Thoughts through Space: A Remarkable Adventure in the Realm of Mind. Hampton Roads Publishing. ISBN 1-57174-314-6
  4. ^ Booth, John. (1986). Psychic Paradoxes. Prometheus Books. p. 69. ISBN 0-87975-358-7