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Evelyn Underhill was an English Anglo-Catholic writer, poet and pacifist born in Wolverhampton, England. (Born Dec. 6, 1875 – Died June 15, 1941). She was best known for her works on religion and spiritual practice, and Christian mysticism. She was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the 20th century, English-speaking world.
The meaning of her mystical insight experiences became a lifelong quest and a source of private angst, provoking her to research and write. Her later writings were more focused on the Holy Spirit and she became prominent in the Anglican Church as a lay leader of spiritual retreats, spiritual director, guest speaker, radio lecturer and proponent of contemplative prayer.
She travelled regularly within Europe, primarily Switzerland, France and Italy where she pursued her interests in art and Catholicism, visiting numerous churches and monasteries.