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Burton the Adept

Part II of Ghost Land, provocatively titled “The Adept,” opens twenty years after the close of Part I with “autobiographical sketches of the Chevalier de B___ continued”: To traverse many lands, sound the heart-throbs, listen to the inner revealings, and … Continue reading

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Prince Emil Wittgenstein and Ghost Land

Among the settings of Ghost Land, India and Russia stand out as places of which Britten had no personal, and little general, knowledge. Mme. Blavatsky must figure among the influences on the depiction of both countries, since she was in … Continue reading

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The Baron de Palm, Ernest de Bunsen, the Duc de Pomar

The candidates for Louis suggested within Emma’s lifetime were augmented by only one addition in the twentieth century. In the 1970 edition of Modern American Spiritualism, editor E.J. Dingwall proposed the Baron de Palm as the prototype for Louis. Joseph … Continue reading

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Chevalier Louis de B_: How Many Prototypes?

Ghost Land is foundational to the Theosophical literature, chronologically and thematically, introducing adept brotherhoods further elaborated in later writings. Presented as a translation by Emma Hardinge Britten of an original text by the pseudonymous Chevalier Louis de B_, the book … Continue reading

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Prince Emil de Sayn-Wittgenstein

A correspondent of Emma Hardinge Britten during the writing of Ghost Land, Wittgenstein has emerged as a person of interest in the search for Chevalier Louis de B–.  This portrait is from an online royalty guide. A Spiritualist convert in … Continue reading

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The Central Spiritual Sun

In the rarely-seen Volume II of Ghost Land, Emma Hardinge Britten predicts a future religion that sounds like a neopagan revival of Hermeticism: In this Spiritual Sun and its spheres, like the spheres of earth and other planets, are conserved all … Continue reading

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