Annie Besant

Annie BESANT (1847 - 1933)

In her autobiography, Annie Besant poignantly writes of her search for the truth of what she believed in, leaving Christianity behind to embrace Atheism, and ultimately finding her peace in Theosophy, which she became interested in after meeting Helena Blavatsky. She moved to India to better study Theosophical ideas and this is where she made her home until her death. She was a gifted orator and writer, often speaking and writing on her religious beliefs, as well as women's rights and social reform. Along with Charles Bradlaugh, she published a paper in support of birth control. It proved to be so controversial for the times that it led to a court trial.

Annie Besant was a remarkable woman, suffering much for her beliefs but steadfastly continuing on in her pursuit in spite of it. [summary by Laura Victoria]

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Atheism & Agnosticism

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - "OUT OF THE EVERYWHERE INTO THE HERE" timothyFR
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Play 02 02 - EARLY CHILDHOOD timothyFR
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Play 03 03 - GIRLHOOD timothyFR
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Play 04 04 - MARRIAGE part 1 timothyFR
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Play 05 05 - MARRIAGE part 2 timothyFR
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Play 06 06 - THE STORM OF DOUBT part 1 timothyFR
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Play 07 07 - THE STORM OF DOUBT part 2 timothyFR
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Play 08 08 - CHARLES BRADLAUGH timothyFR
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Play 09 09 - ATHEISM AS I KNEW AND TAUGHT IT part 1 timothyFR
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Play 10 10 - ATHEISM AS I KNEW AND TAUGHT IT part 2 timothyFR
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Play 11 11 - AT WORK part 1 timothyFR
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Play 12 12 - AT WORK part 2 timothyFR
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Play 13 13 - THE KNOWLTON PAMPHLET part 1 timothyFR
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Play 14 14 - THE KNOWLTON PAMPHLET part 2 timothyFR
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Play 15 15 - AT WAR ALL ROUND timothyFR
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Play 16 16 - MR. BRADLAUGH'S STRUGGLE timothyFR
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Play 17 17 - STILL FIGHTING timothyFR
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Play 18 18 - SOCIALISM part 1 timothyFR
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Play 19 19 - SOCIALISM part 2 timothyFR
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Play 20 20 - THROUGH STORM TO PEACE part 1 timothyFR
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Play 21 21 - THROUGH STORM TO PEACE part 2 timothyFR
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