I hope to build
an archive of theosophical authors on the internet
- W B Yeats.
A noted Irish poet and author, deeply influenced by Theosophy,
though more active in the Golden Dawn Movement. He joined the
TS in October 1889
an excellent article on Yeats link to Theosophy. This
is a more general article about him, and an
article about Yeats and Blavatsky
Most famous for writing "The Wizard of OZ"
The website of the Theosophical Society in America has several
articles about him and his work
The Cyril Scott homepage is http://www.cyrilscott.net/index.html
Reacting against what he regarded as the narrow piety of his
Victorian parents Scott briefly turned agnostic, then became interested
in Theosophy and finally in Occultism which he described as a
synthesis of Science, Philosophy and Religion. It influenced his
In 1920 he wrote the first volume of an extremely popular trilogy
concerning one such Initiate, simply titled The Initiate.
The second and third volumes, The Initiate in the New World
and The Initiate in the Dark Cycle followed in 1927 and
1932. They remain in print today, are still being translated into
different languages, and have been optioned for a film.
book, again largely governed by his Occult beliefs was Music,
Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages. In it he states
that certain composers throughout history have been inspired by
Initiates and by one in particular, Master K.H. He was also a
- AE (George Russell),
James Joyce, etc. Theosophy
was highly fashionable and very influential for a few years in
the1880's. They were exciting times, talented people in a repressed
culture, and lots happened. AE was quite deeply involved in Theosophy,
and James Joyce was influenced by him.
article is on Theosophy and Mysticism for Joyceans, and includes
a timetable of events in early theosophy, especially those with
AE and Yeats
extract mentions how Joyce got his understanding of Buddhism
from Olcott's Buddhist catechism in 1903.
- Gurdjieff. Although
his teachings may derive from middle eastern sources,Gurdjieff's
"Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson" is certainly literature,
definitely entertaining, and perhaps it is theosophy too. One
is advised to read it 3 times, once as a story, next as literature,
and finally as a textbook.