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Biographies / Biographical Studies
on and about H.P. Blavatsky

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1886:  Sinnett, A.P.  Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky Compiled from Information supplied by her Relatives and Friends and edited by A.P. Sinnett.  With a portrait reproduced from an original painting by Hermann Schmiechen.  London:  George Redway; New York:   J.W. Bouton, 1886.  xii + 324 pp.  Facsimile reprint.  New York:   Arno Press, 1976.  xii + 324 pp.  2nd edition (abridged).  London:   Theosophical Publishing Society, 1913.  236 pp.

1895:  Lillie, Arthur H.   Madame Blavatsky and Her "Theosophy":  A Study.   London:  Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1895.  xi + 228 pp. Hostile.

1909:  Whyte, Herbert.  H.P. Blavatsky:  An Outline of Her Life.  With a Preface by C.W. Leadbeater.   London:  Percy Lund, Humphries & Co., 1909.  60 pp.  Second edition.  Adyar, Madras, India:  Theosophical Publishing House, 1920.   xiii + 39 pp.

1922:  Cleather, Alice Leighton.  H.P. Blavatsky, Her Life and Work for Humanity.   With an Addendum by Basil Crump.  Calcutta:  Thacker, Spink & Co., 1922.  vi + 124 pp.

1925: Butt, G. Baseden. Madame Blavatsky.  London:  Rider & Co., 1925.  xi + 269 pp.   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  David McKay and Col, 1926.  xi + 269 pp.  

1928: Kingsland, William.   The Real H.P. Blavatsky:  A Study in Theosophy, and a Memoir of a Great Soul.  London:  John M. Watkins, 1928.  xiv + 322 pp.  Reprint.   London:  Theosophical Publishing House, 1985.  xiv + 322 pp.

1931: Bechhofer-Robert, C.E. The Mysterious Madame:  A Life of Madame Blavatsky.   With a Portrait Frontispiece.  London:  John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1931.  241 pp.  America edition:  The Mysterious Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky:  The Life & Work of the Founder of the Theosophical Movement, with a Note on her Successor Annie Besant.  New York:  Brewer and Warren, Inc., 1931.  332 pp.  Hostile.

1931:  Bosman, Leonard and Orchard, Anita.  H.P. Blavatsky, the Light-Bringer:  A Biography with an Astrological Interpretation.  London:  The Dharma Press, [1931].  144 pp. 

1937:  Neff, Mary K.   Personal Memoirs of H.P. Blavatsky.  Compiled by Mary K. Neff.   With 12 Illustrations.  New York:  E.P. Dutton & Company, 1937;   London:  Rider & Co., 1937.  323 pp.  Quest Books reprint:   Wheaton, Illinois:  Theosophical Publishing House, 1967.  323 pp.

1937:  Ryan, Charles J. H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement:  A Brief Historical Sketch.  Point Loma, California:  Theosophical University Press, 1937.   xxi + 369 pp.  Second edition:  San Diego, California:  Point Loma Publications, Inc., 1975.  xxii + 441 pp.  Second and revised edition: Edited by Grace F. Knoche.  Pasadena, California:  Theosophical University Press, 1975.  xviii + 358 pp.

1946:  Williams, Gertrude Marvin.  Priestess of the Occult:  Madame Blavatsky.   New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.  x + 345 + ix pp.  Paperback reprint:  Madame Blavatsky:  Priestess of the Occult. New York: Lancer Books, 1970.  384 pp. Hostile.

1951: Vania, K. F.   Madame H.P. Blavatsky, Her Occult Phenomena and The Society for Psychical Research.   Bombay, India:  Sat Publishing Company, 1951.  xiv + 488 pp.

1959: Symonds, John.   Madame Blavatsky:  Medium and Magician. London:  Odhams Press Limited, 1959.  254 pp.  American edition:  The Lady with the Magic Eyes:  Madame Blavatsky - Medium and Magician.  New York:  Thomas Yoseloff Publisher, 1960.  254 pp.  Paperback edition:  In the Astral Light:  The Life of Madame Blavatsky - Medium and Magician.  London:   Panther Books, 1969.  207 pp.

1966:  Barborka, Geoffrey A.  H.P. Blavatsky, Tibet & Tulku.  Adyar, Madras, India:  Theosophical Publishing House, 1966.
xxiii + 476 pp.

1975: Murphet, Howard.   When Daylight Comes:  A Biography of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.   Wheaton, Illinois:  Theosophical Publishing House, 1975, 1988.  xxxi + 277 pp.

1976: Leonard, Maurice.   Madame Blavatsky . . . Medium, Mystic and Magician.  London and New York:  Regency Press, 1976.  115 pp.

1980: Meade, Marion.   Madame Blavatsky:  The Woman Behind the Myth.  New York:   G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1980.  528 pp.  Hostile.

1986:  Price, Leslie. Madame Blavatsky Unveiled?:  A New Discussion of the Most Famous Investigation of The Society for Psychical Research.   London:  Theosophical History Centre, 1986.  44 pp.

1988: Fuller, Jean Overton.  Blavatsky and Her Teachers:  An Investigative Biography.   London and the Hague:  East-West Publications / London:  Theosophical Publishing House, Ltd.1988.  270 pp.

1991:  Caldwell, Daniel H.  The Occult World of Madame Blavatsky:  Reminiscences and Impressions by Those Who Knew Her.  Compiled and Edited by Daniel H. Caldwell.   Tucson, Arizona:  Impossible Dream Publications, 1991.  336 pp.  2nd revised and expanded edition. The Esoteric World of Madame Blavatsky:  Insights into the Life of a Modern Sphinx.   Collected by Daniel H. Caldwell.  Wheaton, Illinois:  Quest Books/Theosophical Publishing House, 2000.  xii + 451 pp.  44 photographs and drawings.

1993:  Cranston, Sylvia.  HPB:  The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement. New York:  G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1993.  xxiii + 648 pp.  Third and revised edition:  Santa Barbara, California:  Path Publishing House, 1998.  xxiii + 660 pp.

2006:  Tyson, Joseph Howard.  Madame Blavatsky Revisited.  New York:  iUniverse, Inc., 2006.  416 pp.  

See also:

H.P. Blavatsky's Life and Work:  23 Biographies, Histories, and Special Studies