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  The Descent of the Gods: The Mystical Writings of G.W. Russell: A.E.
George William Russell and edited by Raghavan and Nandini Iyer

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Although A.E., was a poet, painter newspaper editor and political writer, working for three decades in the Irish cooperative movement, he is probably most well known today as a mystic. His writings on the subject resulting from his Hindu and Theosophical studies and his own visionary abilities, are of major importance to all who are interested in the unseen world.

This volume contains all A.E.’s known writings on the subject. Not only are the texts of The Candle of Vision, Song and Its Fountains, The Avatars, The Interpreters and Imaginations and Reveries reprinted here, but so also are all his contributions to The Irish Theosophist and other esoteric journals, his introductions and reviews of books, and the interview in Evans Wentz’s The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Also included is “The Return,” a hitherto unpublished short work that may well have been the start of a book he felt unable to complete, together with an introductory note by Monk Gibbon.

This volume, a Collected Edition of A.E,‘s works, has an extensive introduction and copious notes by Raghavan lyer and Nandini Iyer which greatly increases the value of this book to the enquiring reader.

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George William Russell was an Irish writer, poet, and painter, who was also known by the pseudonym “Æ” (pronounced “eye”). He was a member of the Irish literary revival, and a co-founder of the Irish Academy of Letters. Russell’s work often dealt with spiritual and mystical themes, and he was a leading figure in the Irish Theosophical Society. Some of his most well-known works include the poem “The Earth Breath” and the collection of essays “The Candle of Vision”.
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Publisher: White Crow Books
Published February 21, 2023
792 pages
Size: 5.25 x 8 inches / 203 x133 mm
ISBN 978-1-78677-218-3
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