Andrew E. Rothovius

About Andrew E. Rothovius

Andrew E. Rothovius (1919-2009) was a naive of Milford, N.H., half Yankee, half Finnish, and a self-educated polymath whose interests were esoteric and wide-ranging. Brought up Protestant, he came into the Catholic Church fairly late in life, a result, no doubt, of his dogged pursuit of truth (and yes, of course, of divine grace). While working a variety of jobs to provide for himself, his real interest was pursuit of his scholarly research, whose fruits graced the pages of many regional publications in New England, including the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

One admirer of Rothovius writes of him,

In addition to books on topics like the life of Liszt and a history of hypnotism, entitled The World’s Greatest Hypnotists, (co-authored with John Hughes and published in 1996 by the University Press of America), he has written in excess of 4000 columns for local papers such as The Milford Cabinet and The Peterborough Transcript. They range over the widest array of topics imaginable, from medieval saints to the Nazi invasion of Norway to the tempestuous affairs of the pre-Raphaelites to the mysteries of Lovecraft to the early Celtic visits to the New World. They are filled with his remarkable, and probably correct theories about the real stories behind the scenes.

The Christian Science Monitor ran a very flattering article on him in 1985 that is worth one’s time. On this site, Charles Coulombe has written well of him.



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