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Lachman, Gary 1955-

Works: 34 works in 119 publications in 5 languages and 2,826 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Author, Performer, Singer, Instrumentalist
Classifications: BF1439, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gary Lachman
Rudolf Steiner : an introduction to his life and work by Gary Lachman( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and French and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first truly popular biography of the influential twentieth-century mystic and educator who-while widely known for founding the Waldorf schools and other educational and humanitarian movements-remains a mystery to many who benefit from his ideas. People everywhere have heard of Waldorf schools, Biodynamic farming, Camphill Villages, and other innovations of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Indeed, Steiner-as an architect, artist, teacher, and agriculturalist-ranks among the most creative and prolific figures of the early twentieth century, pioneering work in alternative education, holistic health, and environmental research. While his accomplishments are felt all over the world, few people understand this unusual figure. Steiner's own writings and lectures fill several bookcases, intimidating those who would like to know more. Works on Steiner are often dense and "insider" in tone, further deterring the curious. No popular biography, written by a sympathetic but critical outsider, has been available. Gary Lachman's Rudolf Steiner provides this missing introduction. Along with telling Steiner's story and placing Steiner in his historical context, Lachman's book presents Steiner's key ideas in a readable, accessible manner. In particular, Lachman considers the spread of Steiner's most popular projects, which include Waldorf schools-one of the leading forms of alternative education-and Biodynamic farming-a popular precursor to organic farming. He also traces Steiner's beginnings as a young intellectual in the ferment of fin de si'cle culture, to his rise as a thought leader within the influential occult movement of Theosophy, to the founding of his own metaphysical teaching called Anthroposophy. Finally, the book illustrates how Steiner's methods are put into practice today, and relates Steiner's insights into cosmology to the work of current thinkers. Rudolf Steiner is a full-bodied portrait of one of the most original philosophical and spiritual luminaries of the last two centuries, and gives those interested in the history of ideas the opportunity to discover one of the most underappreciated figures of the twentieth century
A dark muse : a history of the occult by Gary Lachman( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of A Secret History of Consciousness and Turn Off Your Mind explores the influence of the occult on history and thought from the Renaissance through the modern age, discussing its impact on Emanuel Swedenborg, Charles Boudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe, and many others
Jung the mystic : the esoteric dimensions of Carl Jung's life and teachings : a new biography by Gary Lachman( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although he is often called the 'founding father of the New Age, ' Carl Jung, the legendary Swiss psychiatrist best known for groundbreaking concepts such as the collective unconscious, archetype theory, and synchronicity, often took pains to avoid any explicit association with mysticism or the occult. Yet Jung lived a life rich in paranormal experience -- arguing for the existence of poltergeists in a debate with Sigmund Freud, participating in seances, incorporating astrology into his therapeutic work, reporting a near-death experience, and analyzing ESP research. It is these critical experiences -- often fleetingly touched on in other biographies or studies, and just as frequently used to make a case against Jung and his philosophies -- that form the core of this significant new biography"--Page 4 of cover
The secret teachers of the western world by Gary Lachman( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Running alongside the mainstream of Western intellectual history there is another current which, in a very real sense, should take pride of place, but which for the last few centuries has occupied a shadowy, inferior position, somewhere underground. This "other" stream forms the subject of Gary Lachman's epic history and analysis, The Secret Teachers of the Western World. In this clarifying, accessible, and fascinating study, the acclaimed historian explores the Western esoteric tradition--a thought movement with ancient roots and modern expressions, which, in a broad sense, regards the cosmos as a living, spiritual, meaningful being and humankind as having a unique obligation and responsibility in it. The historical roots of our "counter tradition," as Lachman explores, have their beginning in Alexandria around the time of Christ. It was then that we find the first written accounts of the ancient tradition, which had earlier been passed on orally. Here, in this remarkable city, filled with teachers, philosophers, and mystics from Egypt, Greece, Asia, and other parts of the world, in a multi-cultural, multi-faith, and pluralistic society, a synthesis took place, a creative blending of different ideas and visions, which gave the hidden tradition the eclectic character it retains today." -- Publisher's description
Madame Blavatsky : the mother of modern spirituality by Gary Lachman( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of the cofounder of the Theosophical Society, examining her legacy and the controversy surrounding her
Turn off your mind : the mystic sixties and the dark side of the age of Aquarius by Gary Lachman( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Finnish and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV> How did a decade of love and peace end in Altamont and the Manson Family bloodbath? Gary Lachman explores the sinister dalliance of rock's high rollers and a new wave of occultists, tying together John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Mick Jagger, Brian Wilson, Charles Manson, Anton LaVey, Jim Morrison, L. Ron Hubbard and many more American cultural icons. </DIV>
Politics and the occult : the left, the right, and the radically unseen by Gary Lachman( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The link between the occult and politics is as old as politics itself. In ancient Egypt and China, magi translated the messages of the gods into the edicts of the land." "These days that link has become obscure, limited mostly to studies on the "dark side" of fascism. But countercultural critic Gary Lachman shows there is a "progressive," democratic occult politics as well. Focusing on notions of "hidden superiors" and the "retreat from the modern world," he traces how occult ideas have informed politics in the West ranging from the Knights Templar and Freemasonry to the French and American Revolutions, Spiritualism and Feminism, Theosophy and India, the search for Shambhala, the roots of Nazism, the occult revival of the 1960s, and Christian fundamentalism in the U.S. today." "Lachman's critique of occult politicians like Annie Besant, Emanuel Swedenborg, Nicholas Roerich, Rene Guenon, Julius Evola, Rudolf Steiner, Mircea Eliade, C.G. Jung, and Aleister Crowley shows that politics is as swayed by the occult now as it ever was. His fresh and conscientious view proves him one of the most reliable writers on this matter in the English-speaking world."--Jacket
A secret history of consciousness by Gary Lachman( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolutionaries of the soul : reflections on magicians, philosophers, and occultists by Gary Lachman( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explorers of occult mysteries and the edges of consciousness change the way we view not only the nature of reality, but also our deepest sense of self. Insightful author Gary Lachman presents punchy, enlightening, and intriguing biographies of some of the most influential esoteric luminaries in recent history. His 16 subjects include Swedish mystical scientist Emanuel Swedenborg; H.P. Blavatsky, Russian cofounder of the Theosophical Society; Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who inspired the Waldorf School of education; Swiss visionary C.G. Jung, founder of depth psychology; notorious Eng
The Dedalus book of literary suicides : dead letters by Gary Lachman( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Russian and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although much has been written about the link between writing and suicide, no single explanation covers all the cases. Metaphysical beliefs, political ideals, aesthetic theory, and sheer narcissism have been some of the triggers for the plunge into annihilation." "For the first time, Gary Lachman investigates the many links between self-death and the written word, launching a taxonomy of suicide that brings together an unusual gallery of literary greats including Goethe, Hermann Hesse, Dostoyevsky, Andre Breton, Thomas Chatterton, Walter Benjamin, Arthur Koestler, Witkacy, Mayakovsky and a host of other fatal characters."--Jacket
In search of P.D. Ouspensky : the genius in the shadow of Gurdjieff by Gary Lachman( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Little has been known about P.D. Ouspensky, other than that he was a follower of the early twentieth-century esoteric master G.I. Gurdjieff, and that he first disseminated Gurdjieff's unsettling psychology in the classic In Search of the Miraculous."
Swedenborg : an introduction to his life and ideas by Gary Lachman( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An overview of the life and work of eighteenth-century Swedish scientist and mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg, whose ideas influenced modern Western alternative spirituality--from mental healing and Spiritualism to New Age mysticism and the twelve-step recovery movement
The fiery angel : a sixteenth century romance by Valery Yakovlevich Bryusov( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People have enjoyed stories of magic and the supernatural for ages, but in the late 18th century, tales of the occult became something more than a source of thrilling entertainment. At the dawn of the modern age, numerous writers found in the occult a powerful antidote to the rising scientification of human experience. In these reports from the dark side, the weird, enigmatic and unexplainable became symbols of the human spirit's resistance to the new rational world. The Dedalus Occult Reader brings together for the first time a unique collection of European fiction, including passages from Valery Bruisov, Andre Bely, William Beckford, Honore Balzac, Jacques Cazotte, J.K.Huysmans, Bulwer-Lytton, de Maupassant, de Nerval, Goethe, E.T.A. Hoffmann , Arthur Machen, Gustav Meyrink, Jan Potocki and Robert Irwin, offering some of the finest flowers and bizarre blooms from the hermetic gardens of literary occultism
Aleister Crowley : magick, rock and roll, and the wickedest man in the world by Gary Lachman( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This definitive work on the occult's 'great beast' traces the arc of his controversial life and influence on rock-and-roll giants, from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath. When Aleister Crowley died in 1947, he was not an obvious contender for the most enduring pop-culture figure of the next century. But twenty years later, Crowley's name and image were everywhere. The Beatles put him on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Rolling Stones were briefly serious devotees. Today, his visage hangs in goth clubs, occult temples, and college dorm rooms, and his methods of ceremonial magick animate the passions of myriad occultists and spiritual seekers. Aleister Crowley is more than just a biography of this compelling, controversial, and divisive figure--it's also a portrait of his unparalleled influence on modern pop culture"--
The quest for Hermes Trismegistus : from ancient Egypt to the modern world by Gary Lachman( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the sands of Alexandria via the Renaissance palaces of the Medicis, to our own times, this spiritual adventure story traces the profound influence of Hermes Trismegistus -- the 'thrice-great one', as he was often called -- on the western mind. For centuries his name ranked among the most illustrious of the ancient world. Considered by some a contemporary of Moses and a forerunner of Christ, this almost mythical figure arose in fourth century BC Alexandria, from a fusion of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greek god Hermes. Master of magic, writing, science, and philosophy, Hermes was thought to have walked with gods and be the source of the divine wisdom granted to man at the dawn of time. Gary Lachman has written many books exploring ancient traditions for the modern mind. In The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus, he brings to life the mysterious character of this great spiritual guide, exposing the many theories and stories surrounding him, and revitalizing his teachings for the modern world. Through centuries of wars, conquests and religious persecutions, the fragile pages of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus have still survived. This is a book for all thinkers and enquirers who want to recover that lost knowledge and awaken a shift in human consciousness
The Dedalus occult reader : the garden of hermetic dreams( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dedalus book of the 1960s : turn off your mind by Gary Lachman( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind, Gary Lachman uncovers the Love Generation's roots in occultism and explores the dark side of the Age of Aquarius
The Dedalus book of the occult : a dark muse by Gary Lachman( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hidden history of western thought and the occult's place in it
The caretakers of the cosmos : living responsibly in an unfinished world by Gary Lachman( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on esoteric, spritual and philosophical thought, this book cononsiders the all-important question -- why are we here? -- and offers a counter-argument to the current nihilsm prevalent in our world
Into the interior : discovering Swedenborg by Gary Lachman( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A dark muse : a history of the occult
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A dark muse : a history of the occultJung the mystic : the esoteric dimensions of Carl Jung's life and teachings : a new biographyTurn off your mind : the mystic sixties and the dark side of the age of AquariusPolitics and the occult : the left, the right, and the radically unseenA secret history of consciousnessThe Dedalus book of literary suicides : dead lettersIn search of P.D. Ouspensky : the genius in the shadow of GurdjieffThe fiery angel : a sixteenth century romance