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Re: Theos-World A Strange Story (preferable to Zanoni or The Coming Race IMO)

Jan 09, 2009 02:28 PM
by Drpsionic

A Strange Story is much better, but it is still Bulwer-Lytton!
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 1/9/2009 1:55:06 P.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

Zanoni was written in 1842, and is awfully didactic. A Strange Story  
appeared twenty years later and is far more worthwhile. I also 
prefer  it to The Coming Race. I would highly recommend to Cass to 
start with this  because going to Australia is a pivotal plot element 
and is the setting  for a good part of the book.

--- In _theos-talk@yahoogrotheos-t_ ( ,  
Drpsionic@..,  Dr
> I've read it once, fell asleep 14  times in the process.
> BL was very influential in Euro occult  circles. He was one of 
> Levi's sources of inspiration and  a lot of the stuff in the Golden 
Dawn comes 
> right out of his  work.
> Chuck the Heretic
> In a  message dated 1/9/2009 6:56:21 A.M. Central Standard Time, 
>  silva_cass@.  silva
> Yes  Paul, I would be very interested in reading those extracts. 
My first  
> teacher pointed me to Bullwer Lytton's Zanoni, but still haven't  
read it. 
> Perhaps this is the cue I needed
>  Cass
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> To:  _theos-talk@ To:  _theo To:  _theos-t
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>  Sent: Friday, 9 January, 2009 6:51:55 PM
> Subject: Theos-World  Bulwer-Lytton and Bunsen
> Hello all but especially Cass and  Frank,
> I have noticed the recent references to Edward  Bulwer-Lytton and 
> Bunsen, and while these were made in  other contexts I want to 
point out 
> that there is an important  connection between these individuals 
and the 
> founding of the  Theosophical Society. The first two books 
published by 
> a Founder  of the TS, in the first year of its existence, were Art 
> and  Ghost Land by Emma Hardinge Britten. Robert Mathiesen's 
>  The Unseen Worlds of Emma Hardinge Britten is an amazing tour de 
> establishing beyond reasonable doubt that Bunsen was 
the  "Chevalier 
> Louis" of those two books, and that the "Orphic Circle"  depicted 
> them was a genuine occult research group whose most  eminent member 
> Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Emma and Bunsen first  met as adolescent 
> mediums used in the experiments of this  group around 1840; then 
> acquaintance years later after  the emergence of the Spiritualist 
> movement.
> When I  read Marion Meade's HPB biography years ago, I found 
>  her assertion that a primary basis for HPB's description of the 
> was the novels of Bulwer-Lytton. Why, I thought, would someone  
> such vast documented experience with so many authentic  teachers 
have to 
> rely on silly Victorian novels for her  inspiration? What Meade and 
> both missed was that it wasn't  B-L's *novels* that inspired HPB, 
it was 
> the man himself and his  nearly lifelong devotion to occultism. In 
> letter written  NOVEMBER 16, 1875, THE DAY BEFORE THE INAUGURAL 
> OF  OLCOTT, HPB wrote to Stainton Moses of Bulwer-Lytton that "He 
was an  
> *adept* [italicized in the book, presumably underlined in the  
> and kept it secret-- first for fear [of] ridicule..and  then 
because his 
> vows would not allow him to explain himself  plainer than he did." 
> (Letters I:202) At the moment I'm reading  Leslie Mitchell's 2003 
> biography of Bulwer-Lytton, and if any here is  interested will 
> some excerpts about his occult  preoccupations. HPB was very 
> about his fear of ridicule  over his occult involvements.
> Paul
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