Tuesday, March 05, 2013

News at Eleven: [Robert] Duncan's early life largely accounts

for these hermetic interests. Shortly after his birth, he was given up for adoption because his working-class father, shattered by the death of his wife, couldn't support his family. Baby Robert was taken in by a family of ardent Theosophists, members of a group similar to that of the famous Order of the Golden Dawn (of which Yeats was a leading light). His new grandmother's religious practices revolved around "tea-leaf divination, seances, numerology, and palm reading."

from The Washington Post: 'Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus,' by Lisa Jarnot


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