Patience Worth was a prolific charmer known for her flashy verbal stunts and quick wit. Patience dictated two original poems—about Russia and the Red Cross—in rapid succession, followed by a lyrical tribute to an editor friend. Though she seemed to compose the works on the spot, her words flowed with the quality of messages punched out by teletype. “What is extraordinary about this case is the fluidity, versatility, virtuosity and literary quality of Patience’s writings, which are unprecedented in the history of automatic writing by mediums,” said Stephen Braude, professor of philosophy and a past president of the American Parapsychological Association, who has written widely on paranormal phenomena.
The article, “Patience Worth: Author From the Great Beyond,” ran in the September issue of Smithsonian Magazine.