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Esoteric World
of Madame Blavatsky

The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky: Insights into the Life of a Modern Sphinx

Revised and expanded edition.  Wheaton, Illinois: Quest Books (Theosophical Publishing House), December, 2000.  Hardcover, 451 pp.  Includes index, references, and further suggested reading.

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Here for the first time is the story of H. P. Blavatsky's life in the words of those who knew her.  These personal reminiscences of Madame Blavatsky by more than seventy of her contemporaries give a vivid portrayal of one of the most extraordinary and controversial figures of modern times. The narratives include (1) striking word portraits of HPB; (2) reminiscences giving insight into HPB's character; (3) incidents that are sometimes humorous and witty; (4) accounts of psychic phenomena performed by Madame Blavatsky; and (5) descriptions of encounters with HPB's Masters. Here is a sourcebook of rare original material on Madame Blavatsky illustrated with forty-four photographs and drawings.  Anyone interested in H.P. Blavatsky's life and work will want to have a copy of this hardbound volume for their personal library.

"Caldwell has gathered these reminiscences by her relatives, acquaintances, friends, enemies, and co-workers, giving readers a look at Helena Blavatsky’s life (1831-91), along with a glimpse into her enigmatic personality. Some New Age devotees may recognize Blavatsky as the 19th-century Russian who traveled the world and was attracted to the unexplored mysteries in cosmic and human nature. . . . The story of her life is easy to follow, with the variety of memories well blended."  Library Journal, April 15, 2001, p. 99. 

"In The Esoteric World Of Madame Blavatsky . . . Daniel Caldwell has collected a wealth of biographical information on one of the most influential metaphysical thinkers and writers of her day. Arranged in chronological order, we are treated to Madame Blavatsky's travels beginning in Russia and spanning the entire world including her years in New York, and sojourns to London, Bombay, Allahabad, Sri Lanka, Lahore, Adyar, France, Germany, and Italy. A 'must' for students of Madame Blavatsky's writings and metaphysics, Caldwell's informative text is wonderfully enhanced with a number of illustrations and photographs."  Internet Bookwatch (Midwest Book Review), April 2001.

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