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). …
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Duchesne, Scott. "Madame Blavatsky". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2008
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