Madame Blavatsky

(1615 words)
  • Scott Duchesne (University of Guelph)

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was a prominent occultist and spiritualist of the 19th century. Known best as “Madame” Blavatsky, she was also one of the most enigmatic public figures of her time. Best known for co-founding the Theosophical movement in 1875 and for her close association with the American and European Spiritualist movements, Blavatsky was also a prolific writer, best known for her two-volume magnum opus The Secret Doctrine (1888), described by the original publisher as an account of “the creation of the universe, the evolution of humankind, and the primordial tradition underlying the various religions, mythologies and philosophies of the world” (Secret Doctrine, 1).…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Duchesne, Scott. "Madame Blavatsky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=442, accessed 29 July 2015.]