The Monks of Thelema. A Novel

TitleThe Monks of Thelema. A Novel
Year for Search1878
Authors[Besant], [Walter] 1836-1901, and [Rice], [James](1836-1901)
Tertiary AuthorsAuthors of 'The Golden Butterfly.' Etc., [pseud.]
Secondary TitleThe World
Volume / Edition8-9
PaginationSee full text
Date PublishedJanuary 2 - October 2, 1878
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Mostly romance but presents a eutopian abbey based very loosely on the Abbey of Thélème of François Rabelais (1483?-c.1533). The inmates of this Abbey are attractive young men and women whose “vows are of permission to marry, to be rich, if the Lord will, and to live at liberty” (I: 2). Throughout the book much humor is directed at social reform, the communal movement, and attempts at “higher thought”.

Additional Publishers

Vol. 2 has the subtitle An Invention. New ed. London: Chatto and Windus, 1890

Pseudonym

The Authors of ‘The Golden Butterfly.’ Etc. [pseud.]

Holding Institutions

L, LLL, L(NL)

Author Note

Besant (1836-1901) Rice (1836-1901)

Full Text

1878 Besant, Walter (1836-1901) and James Rice (1836-1901). The Monks of Thelema. A Novel. 3 vols. London: Chatto and Windus. Vol. 2 has the subtitle An Invention. New ed. London: Chatto and Windus, 1890. Originally published as By the Authors of ‘The Golden Butterfly.’ Etc. [pseud.]. The World 8 - 9 (January 2 - October 2, 1878): 15-17, 14-16, 15-16, 15-17, 16-17, 14-15, 14-16, 15-17, 15-17, 14-16, 15-17, 15-17, 15-17, 15-16, 14-16, 13-15, 13-15, 15-16, 15-17, 15-16, 15-17, 15-17, 15-17, 15-17, 15-16, 14-16, 15-17, 14-16, 14-17, 15-17, 15-17, 14-16, 15-17, 15-17, 15-16, 14-16, 16-17, 15-17, 15-17, 13-15. L, LLL, L(NL)

Mostly romance but presents a eutopian abbey based very loosely on the Abbey of Thélème of François Rabelais (1483?-c.1533). The inmates of this Abbey are attractive young men and women whose “vows are of permission to marry, to be rich, if the Lord will, and to live at liberty” (I: 2). Throughout the book much humor is directed at social reform, the communal movement, and attempts at “higher thought”.