Mabel Collins

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Mabel Collins.

Mabel Collins (9 September 1851 – 31 March 1927) was a theosophist and author of over 46 books.

Life[edit]

Mabel Collins was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey. She was a writer of popular occult novels, a fashion writer and an anti-vivisection campaigner.[1] According to Vittoria Cremers, as related by Aleister Crowley, Collins was at one time being romantically pursued by both Cremers and alleged occultist Robert D'Onston Stephenson. Cremers claimed that during this time she found five blood-soaked ties in a trunk under Stephenson's bed, corresponding to the five murders committed in Whitechapel by Jack the Ripper. Stephenson is no longer a candidate for Jack the Ripper due to the efforts of modern researchers. However, Stephenson was a rival of Cremers for Collins' affections, and this account cannot be independently confirmed.[2]

In 1909 she wrote a political play called Outlawed with Alice Chapin. Chapin was an American born actress who was an active suffragette. By the time it was produced at the Court Theatre in November 1911 Chapin was a convicted criminal for her militancy.[3]

Works[edit]

  • Light on the Path (1885)[4]
  • The Prettiest Woman in Warsaw (1885)
  • Through the Gates of Gold (1887)
  • The Blossom and the Fruit (1887)
  • The Idyll of the White Lotus (1890)
  • Morial the Mahatma (1892)
  • Suggestion (1892)
  • Juliet’s Lovers (1893)
  • The Story of the Year (1895)
  • The Star Sapphire (1896)
  • A Cry From Afar (1905)
  • Loves Chaplet (1905)
  • Fragments of Thought and Life (1908)
  • Outlawed (1909) with Alice Chapin - a play staged in 1911[3]
  • When the Sun Moves Northward (1912)
  • The Transparent Jewel (1913)
  • The Story of Sensa (1913) (A mystery play in three acts adapted from The Idyll of the White Lotus).
  • As the Flower Grows (1915)

References[edit]

  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 81. 
  1. ^ "Mystical Vampire: the life and works of Mabel Collins, Victorian". The Independent. 2005-07-24. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Do What Thou Wilt: A life of Aleister Crowley", Lawrence Sutin, p. 228
  3. ^ a b Maggie B. Gale, ‘Chapin, Harold (1886–1915)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2015 accessed 9 Nov 2017
  4. ^ "Light on the Path". wn.rsarchive.org. 1942. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 

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