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Anna Kingsford, described by W. T. Stead as "one of the most interesting and fascinating of the women of the Victorian era," Bibliographic Citation link. was a successful physician, religious leader, and woman of letters, with a remarkable breadth of achievement in medicine, the arts, and religion. She wrote often controversially on a wide range of topics, including anti-vivisection, vegetarianism, and women's suffrage; several of her works reflect her religious beliefs. A compelling writer and charismatic speaker, Anna Kingsford was prolific at a young age, published her first novel in her teens, and became editor of a progressive journal, The Lady's Own Paper. She was President of the Theosophical Society, founded the Hermetic Society, and conducted lecture tours with both religious and scientific content. She remains a popular figure in several alternative religious movements, though her broader social contributions are largely forgotten.
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16 September 1846 AK was born Annie Bonus at Stratford in Essex (now in East London), the youngest of twelve children.  Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 7 1863 By seventeen years of age, AK (as 'A. Bonus') had published her first novel, Beatrice; a Tale of the Early Christians. She received a payment of two guineas for the work. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 25 February 1882 With Edward Maitland, AK published her best-known work: The Perfect Way: or, The Finding of Christ, which advances the doctrines of esoteric Christianity (also known as hermetic philosophy). It first appeared anonymously. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 February 1888 AK died of consumption at 15 Wynnstay Gardens in Kensington. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 27 October 1888 The most popular of AK's posthumous publications edited by Edward Maitland, and the last to bear her preface, was issued by George Redway in London and Edinburgh: Dreams and Dream Stories. Bibliographic Citation link.
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