Books: Atheism to Theosophy*

THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM—Gertrude Marvin Williams—Coward-McCann ($3.50).

Annie Wood Besant (rhymes with either incessant or pleasant) is an old woman (83) popularly associated with occult ritual and mystic robes. She is still president of the Theosophical Society, but perhaps you didn't realize she was once a parson's wife, an atheist, a Socialist, a beautiful spellbinder.

Said her friend, the late Journalist William Thomas Stead: "She could not be the bride of Heaven, and therefore became the bride of Mr. Frank Besant. He was hardly an adequate substitute." But Annie Besant...

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