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Boyhood with Gurdjieff

Peters, Fritz

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ISBN 10: 0140035354 / ISBN 13: 9780140035353
Published by Penguin Books, Baltimore MD, 1972
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Vivid portrait of four years with Gurdjieff. Solid clean reading copy of PB 1st. 176 pp Good unmarked, light shelfwear & rubbing. MM paperback in white illus wraps. Bookseller Inventory # 28518

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Title: Boyhood with Gurdjieff

Publisher: Penguin Books, Baltimore MD

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st printing..

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In this vivid portrait of G. I. Gurdjieff, Fritz Peters goes back to the 1920s to recall the four boyhood years he spent in France at Gurdjieff's Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. Peters tells how the Master used every situation in the life of the community to illustrate his principles and how the rigorous demands that he made even on children were always tempered by warmth and humanity. Boyhood with Gurdjieff is much more than a picture of a great spiritual leader and of the extraordinary disciples who followed him into a new way of life. Above all, it is a primer on the inner education of sensitive young people.

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Fritz Peters, only eleven years old, arrived at the Château du Prieuré in Avon, France, in June 1924. He left five years later in October 1929. In that short time, this highly intelligent and precocious boy received experiences and impressions that would literally last a lifetime, for the Prieuré was the center of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man, created two years earlier by G. I. Gurdjieff, who had brought an ancient teaching which he rediscovered and reformulated for contemporary times.

Peters was the nephew and ward of two of Mr. Gurdjieff's earliest American students, Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, who brought him to the Prieuré. They were the editors of the Little Review , the avant-garde literary magazine of that day. Put to work mowing the great lawns of the château, working in the kitchen, serving Gurdjieff and cleaning his room, the young boy found himself in a world of such notable spiritual seekers as Thomas and Olga de Hartmann, Jeanne de Salzmann, A.R. Orage, Maurice Nicoll and Ethel Merston. He met writers and artists such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Brancusi. Seeing the boy's pluck and intelligence, Gurdjieff appointed him as his "chair-carrier" and personally introduced him to the fundamental concepts and perspectives of The Fourth Way.

Though many aspects of Gurdjieff were an enigma to Peters, He saw Gurdjieff as essentially "strong, honest, direct, uncomplicated - an entirely 'no-nonsense' individual." His account of these days has an unusual depth and clarity that makes it a classic of spiritual literature, giving a unique and heartfelt evocation of what it was like to spend one's boyhood with one of the seminal spiritual masters of the 20th century.

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