Ken on Solovyoff and his A MODERN PRIESTESS OF ISIS
May 06, 2006 01:08 PM
SOLOVYOFF -This past January I noticed Slovyoff's 'Modern Priestess
of Isis' on the bookshelf and realizing that I had never read it or
even looked it over opened it.......and quite honestly I could not
put it down. Why ? because it is so incredibly interesting - as a
critique of HPB ? No, because so frequently the experiences that
Solovyoff presents overide his own criticisms , so much so that in
many ways not available anywhere else it actually could be
considered a kind of vindication. Certainly it needs much work and
critical analysis AND I would say with that it is a gold mine. By
the time I finished reading it I only wished that Leaf had
translated the whole thing into English. Do you (Daniel)have the
Russian original ? and also what a story of one man's (Solovyoff's)
excessive rationalistic rejection of extraordinary experiences
presented to him. And appendix A, Vera's response is very important
historically. Again, Daniel, is this complete and does anhyone know
where Vera's original Russian is?
Ken, This is mostly off the top of my head so I may be in error on
some of this.
Russian original of Solovyoff's book:
I believe I have a photocopy of the Russian edition of Solovyoff's
book. I will see if I have it. Or maybe it is in Walter
But I also believe that Wheaton TS has a copy of it probably in the
Boris de Zirkoff collection.
Also I'm sure that there is a copy or photocopy of the Russian
original among the Sylvia Cranston's papers. Contact Caren Elin.
Does Caren still have Cranston's papers and books or have they been
given to some archives such as maybe Jerry's archives/library??
I believe Cranston had Cathy Young translate most if not all of the
Solovyoff book. This translation should be among Cranston's papers.
Also concerning Vera's reply to Solovyoff. Probably copies of
Russian original in any of the above locations.
I believe the British Library has a copy of Vera's original Russian
under this title:
ZHELIKHOVSKAYA, Vera Petrovna.
Е. П. Блаватская и современный жрецъ истаны. Отвѣтъ ... г-ну В.
Соловьеву [i.e. to some articles contributed by him to the "Русскій
Вѣстникъ" under the title of "Современная жрица Изиды"].
pp. 177. С. Петербургъ, 1893.
But Cranston also had Cathy Young translate this reply. See
Cranston's HPB biography (PATH PUBLISHING HOUSE ED., pp. 303 & 637)
where it is stated that Cathy Young translated into English the
whole of Vera's booklet. The translation runs to 110 typewritten
Ask Caren about this translation. Maybe arrangements could be made
to publish this translation. And I will be more than happy to
publish a web version of it, if permitted. I will even publish it
as a book if given permission to do so. Or maybe Point Loma
Publications could publish it.
THIS REPLY BY VERA SHOULD BE PUBLISHED!!
And the unabridged English translation of Solovyoff's book should
also be published. I know Carlos won't like that! :)
Hope this helps.
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