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Periodical: O.E. Library Critic

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O.E. Library Critic, The.
1911-1942 Semimonthly
Washington, D.C.. Publisher: Oriental Esoteric Center; and after mid-1912 by the O.E. Library League. Editor: Henry Newlin Stokes.
Succeeds: Bulletin of the Oriental Esoteric Center/Society
1/1, August 30, 1911-1942. 8 pp., 5 1/2 x 7 1/2. unnumbered.

Henry Newlin Stokes (1859-1942) was a Theosophist, occultist and humanitarian. In 1905 he began a free lending library of occult material, and for a time the library and this journal functioned as adjuncts of the Oriental Esoteric Center of Washington, the society started by Miss Agnes E. Marsland to propagate the secret Tibetan teachings of "Dr. de Sarak." In 1910, Sarak tried from Paris to exercise control over the Washington Center (and its finances) and the Center was re-organized as the "Oriental Esoteric Society" to exclude him. He promptly retaliated by canceling the charter of the Center and expelling its head, Miss Agnes E. Marsland. She, in turn, in 1912, laid claim to the library that had been affiliated with the Center/Society. This led to another lawsuit, from which Stokes emerged victorious. The journal then separated itself from the Society (see the comment in the issue of July 17, 1912) and continued as an outspoken advocate of prisoners' rights and opponent of "Neo-Theosophy" (Theosophy as taught by Annie Besant, Charles Webster Leadbeater, et al., as contrasted with the "original" version expounded by H.P. Blavatsky). The O.E. Library Critic is essential reading for the history of Theosophy because of Stokes's publication of innumerable original documents on the Theosophical Society. A facsimile edition of the entire run of the journal has now been published in by the Theosophical Society of Edmonton, Canada. University of London, Warburg; NYPL, Northern Illinois University; Free Library of Philadelphia.

Issues:OE Library Critic V1-2 1911-1913
OE Library Critic V3-4 1913-1915
OE Library Critic V5-6 1915-1917
OE Library Critic V7-9 1917-1920
OE Library Critic V10-11 1920-1922
OE Library Critic V12 1922-1923
OE Library Critic V13 1923-1924
OE Library Critic V14 1924-1925
OE Library Critic V15 1925-1926
OE Library Critic V16 1926-1927
OE Library Critic V17 1927-1928
OE Library Critic V18 1928-1929
OE Library Critic V19 1929-1930
OE Library Critic V20 1930-1931
OE Library Critic V21 1931-1932
OE Library Critic V22 1932-1933
OE Library Critic V23 1934 Partial
OE Library Critic V24 1936-1937
OE Library Critic V25 1937-1938
OE Library Critic V26 1938-1939
OE Library Critic V27 1940-1942

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