H. P. Blavatsky

Other names: 

Madame Blavatsky

Date of birth: 
31 Jul 1831
Country of birth: 
Date of death: 
08 May 1891
Location of death: 
London, England

H. P. Blavatsky was the founder of the Theosophical Society in 1875.


Annie Besant, Charles Webster Leadbeater, A. P. Sinnett, W. B. Yeats.

Published works: 

Isis Unveiled (New York: Bouton, 1877)

The Secret Doctrine (Theosophical Publishing House, 1893)

The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnett and other Miscellaneous Letters. Transcribed, compiled and with an introduction by A. T. Barker (London T. Fisher Unwin, 1925)
Contributions to periodicals: 


Secondary works: 

There are many books on Blavatsky and Theosophy. Below is a very small selection:

Bechhofer Roberts, C. E. (“Ephesian”), The Mysterious Madame: A Life of Madame Blavatsky (London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1931)

Besant, Annie, H. P. Blavatksy and the Masters of Wisdom (London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1907)

Cranston, Sylvia, HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky (New York: Putnam, 2003)

Davenport-Hines, Richard, ‘Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna (1831–1891)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 2004) [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/40930]

Fuller, Jean Overton, Blavatsky and her Teachers (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1988)

Sinnett, A. P., The Early Days of Theosophy in Europe (London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1922)

Archive source: 

Theosophical Society Archives, Adyar, Madras

Letters to A. P. Sinnett, British Library Manuscript Collection, St Pancras