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MADAME BLAVATSKY

The Mother of Modern Spirituality

by Lachman, Gary

A thoughtful biography of one of the most polarizing pioneers of alternative spirituality, the occult-mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

Pioneer. Visionary. Provocateur. Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky—mystic, occult writer, child of Russian aristocrats, spiritual seeker who traveled five continents, and founder (with Henry Steel Olcott) of the Theosophical Society—is still being hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud more than 120 years after her death. But despite perennial interest in her life, writings, and philosophy, no single biography has examined the controversy and legacy of this influential thinker who helped define modern alternative spirituality—until now.
Gary Lachman, the acclaimed spiritual biographer behind volumes such as Rudolf Steiner and Jung the Mystic, brings us an in-depth look at Blavatsky, objectively exploring her unique and singular contributions toward introducing Eastern and esoteric spiritual ideas to the West during the nineteenth century, as well as the controversies that continue to color the discussions of her life and work.

GARY LACHMAN is one of today's most widely read and respected writers on esoteric and occult themes. He has written for several national journals on philosophy, esotericism, and modern culture, and his books—including Swedenborg, Jung the Mystic, Rudolf Steiner, Politics and the Occult, Turn Off Your Mind, and A Secret History of Consciousness—have been published to acclaim in both America and Europe. In his musical career, Lachman has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the pioneering rock band Blondie. Born in New Jersey, Lachman currently lives in London.

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The Mother of Modern Spirituality is a vital work for anyone desiring to see how Blavatsky fits into the larger world and how her life and contributions affect us all in ways that we have yet to fully realize. It helps to put her in her proper place among serious, thoughtful people. It manages to do all of this while providing the reader with a tale for the ages.

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Review: Theosophy

Portuguese rights: Editora Pensamento-Cultrix.

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Dense and exhaustive, a valiant attempt to capture the essence of a life that defies simple retelling.

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Review: Kirkus

It is unusual for a book on the occult to be not only brilliant and serious but also highly readable; Lachman has done it with ease and grace.

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