The New Student's Reference Work/Blavatsky, Madame Helena Petrovna
Blavatsky (blä-vät′ski), Madame Helena Petrovna, a Russian theosophist and founder of the Theosophical Society, was born in Russia in 1831. She was of noble descent and married a Russian councillor of state, from whom, however, she separated early in her married life. Fond of travel, she found her way to Tibet, where she claims she received the theosophical doctrines connected with her name. From 1873 to 1879 she was a resident of New York, when she founded the Theosophical Society and published Isis Unveiled. Her other writings include The Key to Theosophy, The Secret Doctrine, The Voice of Silence, etc. She died in London, May 8, 1891.