Gurdjieff 1877-1949

Gurdjieff International Review

An Annotated Bibliography

a review by Andrew Rawlinson

Gurdjieff must be the perfect subject for a bibliography. Although he lived and taught in France for nearly 30 years and visited America several times, the only writings of his which appeared in his lifetime were a typescript of Beelzebub's Tales in 1930 and The Herald of Coming Good, which was privately printed in 1933 and withdrawn a year later. Yet hundreds of people met him and were influenced by him, and dozens of these tried to follow the 'Way' that he taught. In addition, the most influential disseminator of Gurdjieff's ideas, Ouspensky, was nearly as reluctant to publish as his teacher. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Ouspensky taught in London independently of Gurdjieff. And, those of Gurdjieff's pupils like Orage, Nicoll and Bennett, who went on to lead groups and write, often published in obscure journals or with very small publishing houses. In short, Gurdjieff's extensive and complex ideas appeared in print piecemeal, here and there and everywhere, over a period of several decades and from very varied sources.…

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