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Blackwood, Algernon (Henry) (1869-1951)
Famous British author, known for his
works because of their brilliant occult themes. Born in Kent, at seventeen
he became interested in the mystical and occult. His interest was aroused
after he read the translation of the Yoga Sutrus of Patanjali.
When 20, in 1890, he emigrated to Canada where he started a varied career
there and in the United States. His occupations included being a journalist,
dairy farmer, hotel proprietor, actor plus others. He was intensely poverty-stricken
until he became a secretary to James Speyer, a millionaire of the time.
Blackwood returned to England in 1899 where he wrote most of his occult
stories. In 1900 he joined the famous Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn. He was some what
of a mystic, being particularly responsive to wild natural scenery. He believed
man possessed a latent occult faculty. He died when 82. A.G.H.