The Quest (periodical)

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NOTE: For the modern journal published by the Theosophical Society in America, see Quest.

The Quest was a journal published in London from 1909 to 1930, with G. R. S. Mead as editor. It was linked to the Quest Society served as a continuation to The Theosophical Review. The early issues were over 200 pages long. Pat Deveney described the journal as "thoughtful, scholarly, diverse, and restrained."[1]


Mead wrote many of the articles and book reviews himself. Deveney wrote: "The contributors to Mead's Quest read like a who's who of occultists and and scholars and of those who inhabit that borderland between scholarship and enthusiasm." Here is a list of some noteworthy contributors:

Algernon Blackwood
Rudolf Bultmann
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy
Isabelle Cooper-Oakley
Robert Eisler
Edward Douglas Fawcett
Kenneth S.L. Guthrie

William Loftus Hare
William Kingsland
Arthur Machen
Fiona Macleod
Gustav Meyrink
Ezra Pound
Gershom Scholem

Rabindranath Tagore
Evelyn Underhill
A. E. Waite
Charlotte E. Woods
John Yarker
W.B. Yeats

Availability online

The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals offers an index to the periodical. Some volumes are available digitally by the IAPSOP at the IAPSOP website.


  1. Pat Deveney, "Historical and Bibliographical Information" at IAPSOP website.