Theosophical Authors

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
    Here is an excellent article on Yeats link to Theosophy. This is a more general article about him, and an article about Yeats and Blavatsky

  • L Frank Baum Most famous for writing "The Wizard of OZ"
    The website of the Theosophical Society in America has several articles about him and his work


  • Cyril Scott . 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 life profoundly.
    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.
    Another 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 noted composer

  • 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.
    This article is on Theosophy and Mysticism for Joyceans, and includes a timetable of events in early theosophy, especially those with AE and Yeats
    This 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.