The Theosophical
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The Theosophical Society: History and Biographies

Explore an extensive range of Theosophical histories and biographies by numerous authors.

The following reading list attempts to achieve a balance between the older classical books and modern expositions:

  • Barborka, Geoffrey A. H.P.B., Tibet and Tulku (TPH Adyar)
  • Barborka, Geoffrey A. H.P.B. Light Bringer (Blavatsky Lecture Theosophical Society England)
  • Besant, Annie Annie Besant: An Autobiography (1893/1983)
  • Caldwell, Daniel The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky (Quest 2000)
  • Cranston, Sylvia HPB — The Extraordinary Life and Influence Of H.P. Blavatsky (Putnam 1993)
  • Eek, Sven Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement (TPH 1965)
  • Overton Fuller, Jean Blavatsky and Her Teachers (East West Publications1988)
  • Gomes, Michael The Dawning of the Theosophical Movement (TPH 1987)
  • Gomes, Michael Theosophy in the Nineteenth Century, An Annotated Bibliography (Garland 1994)
  • Gomes, Michael Colonel Olcott & the Healing Arts: The Blavatsky Lecture (TPH London 2007)
  • Harrison, Vernon H.P. Blavatsky and the SPR — An Examination of the Hodgson Report of 1885 (Theosophical University Press 1997)
  • Kingsland, William The Real H.P. Blavatsky (TPH 1985)
  • Lutyens, Mary Krishnamurti The Years of Awakening (John Murray 1975)
  • Lutyens, Mary Krishnamurti The Years of Fulfilment (John Murray 1983)
  • Lutyens, Mary Life and Death of Krishnamurti (Srishti Publishers 1990)
  • Lutyens, Mary Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals (Krishnamurti foundation of America 1996)
  • Monteith, Ken Yeats and Theosophy (Routledge 2008)
  • Murphet, Howard When Daylight Comes: Biography of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (TPH 1975)
  • Murphet, Howard Yankee Beacon of Buddhist Light: Life of Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (TPH 1988)
  • Olcott, Henry S. Old Diary Leaves (TPH 6 volumes)
  • Oliveira, Pedro N. Sri Ram: A Life of Beneficence and Wisdom (TPHAdyar 2009)
  • Prothero, Stephen The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indiana University Press 1996)
  • Ransom, Josephine A Short History of The Theosophical Society (TPH 1938)
  • Roe, Jill Beyond Belief: Theosophy in Australia (New South Wales University Press 1986)
  • Sanat, Aryel The Inner Life of Krishnamurti: Private Passion and Perennial Wisdom (Quest 1999)
  • Sloss, Radha Rajagopal Lives in the Shadow with J. Krishnamurti (Bloomsbury 1991/ 2000)
  • Leslie-Smith, L. H. 100 Years Of Modern Occultism — A Review of the Parent Theosophical Society (Theosophical History Centre 1978)
  • Stead, W.T. Annie Besant: A Character Sketch (TPH Adyar)
  • Steiner, R. Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky, And Theosophy. Lectures By Rudolf Steiner Selected and Introduced by Christopher Bamford (Anthroposophic Press 2001)
  • Tillett, Gregory The Elder Brother: A biography of Charles Webster Leadbeater (Routledge & Kegan Paul 1982)
  • Vernon, Roland Star in the East: Krishnamurti the Invention of a Messiah (Constable 2000)
  • Wachtmeister, Countess Reminiscences of H. P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine (TPH 1976)
  • Williams, C.V. Jiddu Krishnamurti World Philosopher (1895-1986) (Motilal Banarsidass 2004)

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