Annie Besant

“Annie Besant (born Wood, 1847-1933) English author, theosophist, and political radical. Besant separated from her clergyman husband and became associated with Charles Bradlaugh in the free-thought movement. And advocated of socialism and social reform, she was a member of the Fabian Society, an organizer of labor unions, and a worker among impoverished and delinquent children. Later, after meeting Mme. Blavatsky, she became a leading theosophist in England. Interest in occult theology took her to India (1889), where she founded the Central Hindu College at Benares, and began to agitate for home rule in India. She wrote many religious works as well as her Autobiography (1893), How India Wrought for Freedom (1915), and India, Bond or Free (1926).”

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

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