Maine author Lloyd Ferriss has announced the release of his new book, “Harry Stump, Maine’s Psychic Sculptor,” the biography of a clairvoyant and sculptor who lived in Maine from 1950 until his death in 1998. The book is based in part on a previously unpublished manuscript by Stump that describes day-to-day life at the mysterious Round Table Foundation that flourished in the 1950s at a rambling estate in Glen Cove (a village within Rockport).

Financed by an heir to the Aster fortune, the foundation was founded and directed by a medical doctor intent on exploring telepathy and clairvoyance. Stump was their resident “sensitive” — a term used to describe men and women who possess an exceptionally acute sixth sense.  During his long stay at the 18-room estate, Stump became a close friend of  British writer, Aldous Huxley, who visited the mysterious facility in 1955. The Round Table Foundation ceased to exist by 1960, and has been a subject of widespread speculation ever since, as stated in a news release. This book, published jointly with the sculptor’s widow, Rita Harper Stump, reveals an important missing piece of Maine history.

Ferriss is a former staff writer for the Maine Sunday Telegram, specializing in features and a weekly gardening column. In 1995, he joined a five-newspaper relay team that chronicled a Georgia-to-Maine hike of the Appalachian Trail.

The book is available through Amazon.com.


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