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  1. G. R. S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest (Western Esoteric Masters)
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  2. G. R. S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest (Western Esoteric Masters)

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George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its co-founder, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and after founding the European section of the Theosophical Society edited its London journal, Lucifer, for many years. Mead's initial interest in theosophy and Hinduism soon blossomed into a lifelong and wide-ranging engagement with the texts of Gnosticism, neo-Platonism, and hermeticism. His editions and commentaries on previously inaccessible sources became standard works before the First World War and an important source of inspiration to such figures as Jung, Ezra Pound, Yeats, and Robert Duncan. A new entry in the Western Masters Series of concise biographies noting key figures in the Western esoteric tradition, G.R.S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest introduces Mead's life, works, and influences, combining a substantial biography with a collection of his most important writings.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

While this book is far from being a full blown biography of Mead, it is the closest thing we have or at least so far as this reviewer is aware. Only the first 32 pages are biographical material but the editors (the Goodrick-Clarke's) have done an excellent job of presenting a concise yet interesting overview of the life and labors of G.R.S. Mead. The remainder of the book provides commentary from the editors and selected quotes from Meads own work on a variety of esoteric and philosophical topics, the most interesting and extensive of which is (quite properly, in this reviewer's estimation) on Gnosticism. Highly recommended!
A useful book that is worth every penny. i am big fan of Meads work
This is the only book i know of with a Decent biography of Mead, fairly long and is basically the introduction of the book.
It is also worth it for the rare articles of meads you cant find anywhere else. articles from quest magazine on gnosticism theosophy the vedas the Gita and Buddhism .
I bought this book because I wanted to know more about knosis or the knostic beliefs, In short I was not disappointed. The introduction was some 32 pages; needless to say, one of the longest ones I have read. Yet it was important to give me, the reader, a background of the author and his unique beliefs and life. I am not a proponent of the Theosophic movement, but I certainly enjoyed studying their unique perspectives.

Much of who we are and what we do can be traced back to the East. Many aspects of our life can be traced back to the early movements of empires, like Alexander the Greats quest to conquer the known world and India. This only resulted in the ideas of the East finding their way into Western Culture.

The book helped me bridge the gaps with regard to ancient religious beliefs and relate them to my current thoughts. What was so great about Mead's work is he did not attack modern religion, rather he helped me better understand why my religion does what... Read more
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