The Pagan Trinity by Beatrice Irwin


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London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1912. First edition.144 pages.  Marbled boards, half vellum, some marking to boards, edges bumped. A very good copy. 

'Alice Beatrice Simpson was born in India in 1877, to British parents. She had a successful career as an actress and adopted the stage name Beatrice Irwin. Her work was strongly influenced by theosophy, occultism and spiritualism, but she was equally interested in synaesthesia, artificial lighting, and the potential soothing or healing powers of colour and lighting. She published three books on subject of colour.

A book of experimental poetry, which was dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Irwin performed some of these poems in stage shows. Having had some contact with theosophists before 1910 she then also encountered a Sufi leader, and then Abdu'l-Bahá, the head of the Baháʼí Faith, a religion she increasingly identified with.'

Category Poetry