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The white Buddhist : the Asian odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott

Author: Stephen R Prothero
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1996.
Series: Religion in North America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The New York Times denounced him as an "unmitigated rascal". Others described him as a reincarnation of the Buddhist emperor Ashoka or perhaps Gautama Buddha himself. He was Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 - 1907), friend to Madame Blavatsky and president-founder of the Theosophical Society. This book tells the fascinating story of his spiritual odyssey. Raised a Presbyterian in nineteenth century New York, Olcott  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Olcott, Henry S
Biography
Named Person: Henry Steel Olcott; Henry Steel Olcott
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen R Prothero
ISBN: 0253330149 9780253330147 9780253222763 0253222761
OCLC Number: 32626170
Description: xiii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Universal Reformer --
2. From Spiritualism to Theosophy --
3. An Errand to Asia --
4. The Sinhalese Buddhist Revival --
5. A United Buddhist World --
6. The Indian Renaissance --
7. Things Fall Apart.
Series Title: Religion in North America.
Responsibility: Stephen Prothero.

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"An important study of a remarkable 19th-century American." -Choice "Prothero has succeeded in creating a portrait of Olcott that will shape future scholarship... Engaging and succinct." -Gnosis Read more...

 
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