Michael Gomes: Bibliography of Publications  


The Dawning of the Theosophical Movement. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 1987.

Theosophy in the Nineteenth Century: an Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1994.

Keeping the Link Unbroken: Theosophical Studies Presented to Ted G. Davy on His Seventy-fifth Birthday. New York: TRM, 2004.

Works Edited

Blavatsky, H.P. H.P.B. Teaches: an Anthology. Adyar, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1992.

Blavatsky, H.P. Isis Unveiled: a New Abridgement. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 1997. Translated into French as Aux sources de la connaissance. Paris: Editions Adyar, 2000. Translated into German as Isis entschleiert. Edition Adyar, 2003.

Blavatsky, H.P. The Secret Doctrine, Abridged and annotated by Michael Gomes, Tarcher, 2009.

Blavatsky, H.P.The Secret Doctrine Commentaries: the Unpublished 1889 Instructions, edited by Michael Gomes, I.S.I.S. Foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands


Indian Chelas on the Masters. Adyar, India: Adyar Lodge of the Theosophical Society, 1992.

Witness for the Prosecution: Annie Besant’s Testimony on behalf of H.P. Blavatsky in the New York Sun/Coues Law Case. Theosophical History: Occasional Papers Vol. 1. Fullerton, CA: Theosophical History, 1993.

Introduction to W.T. Brown’s Scenes in My Life. Theosophical History: Occasional Papers Vol. 4. Fullerton, CA: Theosophical History, 1995.

A Catalogue of Books Belonging to H.P. Blavatsky in the Archives of the Theosophical Society at Adyar, Madras, India. Theosophical Research Monographs, No. 1, 1995.

Alice Cleather’s London Letters. Theosophical Research Monographs, No. 2, 1999.

Creating the New Age: Theosophy’s Origins in the British Isles. The Blavatsky Lecture for 2000. London, England: Theosophical Publishing House, 2000.

The Coulomb Case. Theosophical History: Occasional Papers Vol. 10. Fullerton, CA: Theosophical History, 2005.

Colonel Olcott and the Healing Arts. The Blavatsky Lecture for 2007. London, England: Theosophical Publishing House, 2007.


“Fragments from H.P.B.’s ‘Mystical History’.”Appendix 2 to Vol. XIV of H.P. Blavatsky: Collected Writings. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1985, 475-96. Full text with notes in The Theosophist, May-November 1991. Translated into French as “L’Histoire Mystique de HPB.” Le Lotus Bleu (Paris) January-December 1992.

“The Making of The Secret Doctrine.” In H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, edited by Virginia Hanson. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 1988, 31-44. Reprinted in The Theosophist 109:8 (May 1988): 293-301. Reprinted in The Theosophical Journal (London) Sept.-Oct., Nov.-Dec. 1988. Translated into Dutch in Theosophia (Amsterdam) 89:4 (July 1988): 116-23. Translated into French in Le Lotus Bleu, Mar., Apr., 1989. Translated into Swedish as Kring den Hemlinga Lärans tillkomst. Stockholm: Teosofiska Samfundet, 1993. Hoe De Geheime Leer tot stand kwam. Amsterdam: Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, 2000.

“Anagarika Dharmapala and the Theosophical Society.” In the Centenary Souvenir of the Maha Bodhi Society, Madras, India: 1991.

“The Contribution of the Theosophical Society to the Buddhist Revival in India.” In Buddhist Themes in Modern Indian Literature, edited by J. Parthasarathi. Madras: Institute of Asian Studies, 1992, 15-22.

“Editing H.P.B.” In The Works and Influence of H.P. Blavatsky: Conference Papers. Edmonton, Canada: Edmonton Theosophical Society, 1999, 29-34.

“Anagarika Dharmapala at the World’s Parliament of Religions.” In Keeping the Link Unbroken. New York: TRM, 2004, 81-101.

Articles: Theosophical History

“The Ante and Post-Natal History of the Theosophical Society.” The Canadian Theosophist (Toronto) July-Aug. 1989–Nov.-Dec. 1989.

“Colonel Olcott and the American Press: 1875.” The Canadian Theosophist, Jan.-Feb., Mar.-Apr. 1990.

“R.B. Westbrook’s ‘Reminiscences of Original American Theosophists’.” The Canadian Theosophist 71:2 (May-June 1990): 27-33.

“Rev. Wiggin’s Review of George Henry Felt’s 1875 Lecture on the Cabala.” The Canadian Theosophist 71:3 (July-Aug. 1990): 63-69.

“Abner Doubleday and Theosophy in America: 1879-1884.” Sunrise (Pasadena, CA) 40:4 (Apr.-May 1991): 151-57.

Introduction to “The Eastern School of Theosophy: Historical Sketch.” Theosophical History 6:1 (January 1996).

“Theosophy in A.P. Sinnett’s Pioneer.Theosophical History 8:5 (January 2001): 155-58.

“From the Archives: The Helen I. Dennis Collection.” Theosophical History 10:2 (April 2004): 16-27.

Articles: H.P. Blavatsky

“The Coulomb Case, 1884-1984.” The Theosophist, December 1984–February 1985. Translated into French as “L’Affaire Coulomb, 1884-1984.” Le Lotus Bleu, November 1985–February 1986.

“H.P. Blavatsky’s Annotations in Madame Coulomb’s Pamphlet in the Archives of the Society for Psychical Research, London.” Theosophical History 1:6 (April 1986): 144-55.

Interview with Madame Blavatsky, Paris, 1884.The Canadian Theosophist 67:5 (Nov.-Dec. 1986): 98-102.

“Initial Spiritualist Response to H.P.B.” The Canadian Theosophist 70:2 (May-June 1989): 27-34.

“India’s Debt to H.P.B.” The Kerala Theosophist 5:7 (April 1991): 4-8. Reprinted in Wake Up India (Madras) 14:2 (Apr.-June 1991): 9-11. Reprinted in Theosophy in Australia (Sydney) 55:2 (June 1991): 32-34. Reprinted in The Indian Theosophist (Varanasi) 88:8 (August 1991): 168-70.

“Press Coverage of H.P.B.’s Death, 1891.” Theosophy in New Zealand, December 1992, 8-11, 23.

“From the Archives [Mme. Blavatsky’s Visit to the Daily Graphic Office, 1874].” Theosophical History 9:4 (October 2003): 21-26.

“The Enduring Relevance of H.P.B.” Theosophical History 12:1 (January 2006): 15-25.

Articles: Letters of H.P. Blavatsky

“Notes on Spiritualism and Spiritual Evolution [to an 1876 letter of H.P. Blavatsky].” The Canadian Theosophist 64:4 (Sept.-Oct. 1983): 87.

“The History of a Humbug: The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky to Elliott Coues.” The Canadian Theosophist, Sept.-Oct. 1984–Jan.-Feb. 1986.

“Extract of a Letter from H.P.B. to a London Group, 1887.” The Theosophist 109:10 (July 1988): 386-89.

“H.P.B.’s American Correspondence.” The Canadian Theosophist Sept.-Oct. 1990–Jan.-Feb. 1991.

“H.P.B. on Esoteric Buddhism.” The Theosophist 112:9 (June 1991): 444-47. Reprinted in The Theosophical Journal 35:5 (May-June 1994): 10-11, 15.

From Hinduism to Hinduism: A Chapter in the Indian Revival.” The Theosophist 113:9 (June 1992): 334-40. Reprinted in The Indian Theosophist 89:9 (September 1992): 197-206.

“From the Archives.” Theosophical History 4:5 (January 1993): 109-110.

“The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky to W.Q. Judge.” Theosophical History April 1994–January 1997.

“A Unique Letter from H.P.B.” Insight (London) 43:3 (May-June 2002): 16-17.

Articles: Theosophists

“Damodar–A Hindu Chela.” Frontiers (Adyar, India) Feb.-Mar. 1985, 24-33. Reprinted in The Theosophist 106:12 (September 1985): 447-51. Reprinted in The Philippine Theosophist 16:3-4 (July–Dec. 1988): 22-29. Translated into French as “Damodar–Chela Hindou.” Le Lotus Bleu, January 1987, 2-5.

“Beatrice Hastings and the ‘Defence of Madame Blavatsky’.” The Canadian Theosophist, Sept.-Oct., Nov.-Dec. 1987. Reprinted as the Introduction to the Edmonton T.S. 1988 edition of Beatrice Hastings’ Solovyoff’s Fraud.

“Elbridge Gerry Brown and the Boston Spiritual Scientist.” The Canadian Theosophist, Jan.-Feb., Mar.-Apr. 1989.

“Mabel Collins’ ‘Romance of the White Lotus’.” Theosophical History 3:7 (July-Oct. 1991): 195-99.

“Nehru’s Theosophical Tutor: F.T. Brooks.” Theosophical History 7:3 (July 1998): 99-108.

“Letters from Annie Besant.” The Theosophist 122:1 (October 2000): 31-34.

“From the Archives: Letter from H.S. Olcott to W.Q. Judge, Sept. 28, 1893.” Theosophical History 10:1 (January 2004): 36-42.

“Colonel Olcott’s Fundamental Buddhist Beliefs.” Insight 48:2 (Summer 2007): 10-14. The Theosophist 128:11 (August 2007): 407-10.


“Olcott, Henry Steel,” entry in Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism, edited by Wouter J. Hanegraaff. Leiden: Brill, 2005, 894-895.

“Theosophical Societies,” entry in The Encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2005, 1551.


“Theosophy at the Chicago Parliament of the World’s Religions.” Theosophical History 4:8 (October 1993): 246-48.

“Theosophical History Conference, London, 1997.” Fohat (Edmonton, Canada) 1:3 (Fall 1997): 63.

“Response to Kerri Barry’s ‘Genius, Fraud, or Phenomenon?” Theosophical History 13:1 (January 2007): 3-9.

Papers Presented

The Theosophical Congress at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions. Paper presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago, August 31, 1993.

Laying the Foundation of Belief: The Evolution of Theosophical Literature in the Nineteenth Century. Paper presented at the Theosophy Seminar, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, November 21, 1994.

The Indian Epoch of Theosophy: Paper presented at the Theosophy Seminar, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, November 18, 1995.

Unveiling Isis. Paper presented at the Seventh International Theosophical History Conference, London, July 12, 1997.

Creating the New Age: Theosophy’s Origins in the British Isles. The Blavatsky Lecture for 2000. Delivered at the Summer School of the Theosophical Society in England. The College of Ripon & York St. John, Ripon, England.

Colonel Olcott and the Healing Arts. The Blavatsky Lecture for 2007. Delivered at the Summer School of the Theosophical Society in England. University of Leicester, England.

About Michael Gomes

An Interview with theosophical historian, Michael Gomes, by Katinka Hesselink 2007