Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Waite, A E

(1857-1942) US-born UK writer, a foremost explainer of modern mysticism during the Fin-de-Siècle occult revival which influenced the fantasy of writers from Arthur Machen to H P Lovecraft and Charles Williams. AEW was a leader of and ritual-writer for mystical orders such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross (> Rosicrucianism), which latter he founded. His study of the 17th-century Rosicrucian movement, The Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross (1924), is a significant historical work. The Secret Doctrine in Israel (1913) is a study of the Cabbala. AEW was also a poet and a writer of Victorian Literary Fairytales – e.g., Prince Starbeam (1889) and The Golden Stairs (1893). His memoir, Shadows of Life and Thought (1938), tells much about the literary side of modern mysticism. [DMH]

Arthur Edward Waite


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