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This is often the 1st biography of A. E. Waite, the occultist who rose to prominence and based the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise after it were destroyed.

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She remains a curiously nebulous figure, but Waite was undoubtedly fond of Ada, and if high passion and high romance were alike absent from the marriage her inert personality ought to have led to a life of placid contentment. But there remained Dora. Whatever Ada's reason for marrying Waite, it was not for his money. Initially they lived with his mother, 'but as happens, so often with mothers, the best ' included, it proved impossible'. They ,then moved to a home of their own in Ashmore Road (but not a whole house: 'certain rooms only in the first floor') and Waite continued to scrapea living as a writer-albeit with little encouragement from his wife, who was now more concerned with their daughter, Sybil (born on 22 October 1888), although when reporting the birth Ada dutifully recorded Waite's occupation as that of 'poet'.

______________ 'NOT VERSE NOW ,ONLY PROSE' ------_9~ _ 'NOT VERSE NOW , ONLY PROSE' 'Do anything rather than attempt to live by literature', Browning had urged Waite in 1876, but it was not easy for an eager young poet to follow such sober advice, and it became doubly difficult after 1878 when he reached the age of twenty-one and was admitted to the Reading Room of the British Museum Library. astronomy, and poetry; reading, annotating, and dreaming. appearance of a polymath it did not give him an income.

To the marriage but he could not bring himself to be present: 'It was seen to on my part that whosoever might be present, at what function. soever by which the seals were set, 1 at least was far away, with the sounds of the seaand the sounds of the light and the night-time to drown intoning chants, if chants there happened to be' (SLY, p. 113). In all probability he went to Worthing to visit a friend who was herself about to be married. He had met Amy Hogg during the previous summer while staying at Worthing with his mother.

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