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Annie Besant is known primarily for two streams of non-fiction writing, one concerning birth control and the other the Theosophist movement. However, this omits much of the remarkable output whose topics ranged from women's rights and religion to politics and science; only a small selection from over one hundred pamphlets, lectures, and essays can be discussed here. Bibliographic Citation link. She often pursued various topics simultaneously. For example, during 1878 and 1879 while she was trying to regain custody of her children, she was also organising her "writings on the French Revolution; translating a book from French; keeping up with her weekly journalism; producing pamphlets on atheism, republicanism, India and Ireland; sitting on committees; and, of course, continuing to lecture." Bibliographic Citation link. As well as such often controversial writings, Annie Besant published short fiction.
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1 October 1847 Annie Wood (later AB) was born at 2 Fish Street Hill in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1877 With Charles Bradlaugh, AB issued their reprint of a notorious manual on birth control, Charles Knowlton's Fruits of Philosophy, 1832, with a publisher's preface by themselves. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 June 1877 AB and Charles Bradlaugh were convicted of obscenity and sentenced, initially, to six months in prison for reprinting, as Fruits of Philosophy, a pamphlet on contraception dating from 1832. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1932 The last pamphlet published by AB before her death appeared through the Theosophical Society, The Bearing of Religious Ideals on Social Reorganization. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 September 1933 AB died at Adyar in India. Bibliographic Citation link.
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