Helena Blavatsky: The Secret Doctrine

(1888)

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About the Author

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a colorful character who flouted traditional gender norms in an era when most women stayed home. She was known for being charismatic and magnetic; her contemporaries described her as a powerful force, able to communicate with spirits. Born in Russia in 1831, Blavatsky was of royal blood. Her grandmother had been a princess, and both she and Blavatsky’s mother were noted authors in their own right. As a child, Helena was imaginative but...