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A new book tells the story of one of the 20th century’s greatest names in esoterica, Manly P. Hall. Written by L.A. Times journalist Louis Sahagun, Master of Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall (Amazon US and UK) “provides a panorama of twentieth century mysticism and an insider’s view into a subculture that continues to have a profound influence on movies, television, music, books, art, and thought.”

In 1919, a Canadian teenager with a sixth-grade education arrived by train to the wilds of Los Angeles. Within a decade he had transformed himself into a world-renowned luminary and occult scholar. His name was Manly Palmer Hall, author of the landmark encyclopedia ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ and the 20th century’s most prolific writer and speaker on ancient philosophies, mysticism, and magic.

Hall revealed to thousands how universal wisdom could be found in the myths and symbols of the ancient Western mystery teachings. He amassed the largest occult library west of the Mississippi and founded The Philosophical Research Society in 1934 for the purpose of providing seekers rare access to the world’s wisdom literature. He became a confidante and friend to celebrities and politicians. In 1990, he died—some say he was killed—in what remains an open-ended Hollywood murder mystery.

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