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Annie Besant

a.k.a. Annie (nee) Wood Besant

Author Code: EABT

Born: Oct. 1, 1847 - London, England

Died: Sep. 20, 1933 - Adyar, Madras, India

Privately educated, Annie married the Anglican minister Frank Besant, the brother of Walter Besant, in 1867. Although they had two children, the marriage was ill-fated. They had irreconcilable differences regarding economics and politics that led to their separation in 1873. Annie then studied for a time at the Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution. She became close friends with Charles Bradlaugh at the National Secular Society and he gave her a job at the National Reformer. Over the next few years, she wrote numerous articles on social issues such as women's rights, marriage, religion, etc. In 1877, Bradlaugh and Besant published Charles Knowlton's book The Fruits of Philosophy, which advocated birth control. They were both charged under the obscenity act and sentenced to six months. The sentence was subsequently overturned on appeal. Besant then turned to socialism, making friends with such advocates as George Bernard Shaw and Sydney Webb. She contributed an essay for the Fabian Essays in 1889. Later that year, she was elected to the London School Board Where she implemented many reforms including free medical examinations for all elementary school pupils. During the 1890s, she became an advocate of Theosophy, even going so far as moving to India. She was elected president of the Theosphical Society in 1907. During the First World War she was interned by the British authorities for advocating Indian Home Rule. Until er death in India in 1933, Besant remained an active and energetic proponent of many social causes. Her works include The Political Status of Women (1874), Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History (1876), The Law of Population (1877), The Seven Principles of Man (1892), Thought Forms (1901), An Autobiography (1908), The Doctrine of the Heart (1920), The Future of Indian Politics (1922) and Memory and Its Nature (1935 Posthumous).

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EABT002 The Basis of Morality 1915 14 228k eBook Download PDF - 'The Basis of Morality' (EABT002)   Download ePub - 'The Basis of Morality' (EABT002) Find a printed copy of The Basis of Morality by Annie Besant at AbeBooks
EABT003 The Birth and Evolution of the Soul 1903 17 223k eBook Download PDF - 'The Birth and Evolution of the Soul' (EABT003)   Download ePub - 'The Birth and Evolution of the Soul' (EABT003) Find a printed copy of The Birth and Evolution of the Soul by Annie Besant at AbeBooks
EABT001 Mysogyny in Excelsis 1887 4 163k eBook Download PDF - 'Mysogyny in Excelsis' (EABT001)   Download ePub - 'Mysogyny in Excelsis' (EABT001) Find a printed copy of Mysogyny in Excelsis by Annie Besant at AbeBooks

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