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Besant, Annie
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Besant, Annie, * 1 Jan 1847 (London), † 20 Sep 1933 (Adyar (Madras), India)

A political and social activist and reformer, one of the outstanding British orators during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose main claim to fame today is her long and eventful tenure as the President of the → Theosophical Society (Adyar) from 1907 to her death in 1933, Annie Wood was born to William Burton Persse Wood and Emily Morris in 1847. Three quarters Irish by descent and, as she writes in her Autobiography, in her heart all Irish, she was to associate with the plight of the Irish under E…

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Santucci, James A., “Besant, Annie”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_040>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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