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This chapbook is a 36 page Index prepared by professional indexer, Pierce Butler. Professor Butler has studied and practiced the Gurdjieff Teaching for over 30 years. In creating the index for Gurdjieff's 1,238 page book, he draws upon 40 years' experience as a professional indexer. The index works with the Penguin/Arkana single-volume paperback edition of Beelzebub s Tales to His Grandson (1999) which was based on the original 1950 Harcourt, Brace text (with typographical corrections and the addition of two missing paragraphs). It can also be used with the Two Rivers Press edition of 1993 (a facsimile reproduction of the original 1950 edition) with allowance for minor discrepancies in the page references for Chapter 32, "Hypnotism," in Book II (pp. 558-578) on account of the missing paragraphs on page 568.
Many, if not most, of the non-English words used in Tales, are included on the grounds that this communicates the flavor (if not the sense) of the text. There are a number of summary entries (Transformation of cosmic substances; Vibrations) that draw together various thematically related parts of the text in their lists of sub-entries.
The Index is of primary interest to students of The Fourth Way who have read and studied or are concurrently reading G.I. Gurdjieff s Beelzebub s Tales to His Grandson.
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Pierce Butler was born in Waterford City, Ireland. He is the author of two other novels: A Malady, and A Riddle of Stars, and numerous short stories and essays. He has worked with Fourth Way groups in Massachusetts for 30 years. Pierce also practices in the Solo Zen tradition and leads meditation groups for inmates of the Massachusetts prison system. He teaches writing and literature at Bentley University and lives in Waltham, Massachusetts with his wife, Susan Holbert.
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