GEORGE GURDJIEFF would
probably be unknown now, almost sixty years after his death,
were it not for a small band of astonishingly dedicated,
diversely talented, and multi-lingual followers who claimed
him as their “master” – and master them he did.
P. D. Ouspensky, was among the first half-dozen of these
resolute disciples. He was the earliest and closest pupil
to write coherently, with intense precision and acute
understanding, about Gurdjieff’s ideas and practices but he
chose to not publish any of this material, only to lecture
privately about it for most of his last thirty years.
Ouspensky was also Gurdjieff’s most distinguished apostle.
Both Tertium Organum and A New Model of the
Universe, were widely influential, enduring books, written
independently of Gurdjieff, and still read internationally
almost a century since they were penned.
The welcome invitation of
Gurdjieff Studies Ltd. to contribute a bibliography for
their new site on P. D. Ouspensky arrived at an opportune
time last month. Only a few days earlier, I had started
updating all the entries for the Ouspensky section of my
forthcoming bibliographic study of the Gurdjieff
literature. Here are the dozen-or-so pages about the
writings of that persevering Russian and
romantic-intellectual, Mr P. D. Ouspensky.
31 May, 2007
Bibliography of P. D.