THE SEARCH FOR BRIDEY MURPHY (256 pp.) Morey Bernstein Doubleday ($3.75).
. . . But that the dread of something
after death, The undisco'ver'd country from whose
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
A simple Irish lass named Bridey Murphy has now resolved the puzzle that so troubled Hamlet. Bridey died in Belfast in 1864, but in 1952 and '53 she came back from "the undiscover'd country" to tell a well-to-do Colorado businessman and amateur hypnotist named Morey Bernstein what it is like after death.
Of course this...