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Blackwood, Algernon Henry

(1869-1951). Blackwood was a noted British novelist and theosophist who was born in Kent, England, son of Arthur Blackwood and Sidney, Duchess of Manchester. He was educated at Wellington and Edinburgh University. At the age of twenty he went to Canada and after a varied career as journalist, dairy farmer, hotel keeper, prospector, and actor, he began writing highly successful novels. His interest in theosophy and the occult was reflected in his novels, and he became known as “The Ghost Man.” Blackwood was a charter member of the Toronto Theosophical Society (TS), Canada and its first Secretary. After Blackwood left Toronto he became a TS member at large and when he returned to England in 1899 he joined the London Lodge. He was made a C.B.E. in 1949 and died on December 10, 1951 in England; his ashes were scattered at Saanenmöser in Switzerland.

Publications include: The Empty House (1906), The Listener (1907), John Silence (1908), Tales of the Uncanny and the Supernatural(1940). He also wrote a play called Karma: a Reincarnation Play (1918).



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