In 1922, at the age of 49, A. R. Orage left behind his brilliant career as editor of The New Age to work with G.I. Gurdjieff in France. He hoped to increase his moral and psychological powers in order to better serve the world at large, and England in particular. Orage went to Gurdjieff to find a way to convince others of the value of an economic scheme that would harmonize industrial production, the flow of capital, and consumer capacities. He had not anticipated falling in love with a young American heiress, Jessie Dwight, while representing Gurdjieff in New York.
From 1924 until the end of Orage's life, Jessie fought Gurdjieff for possession of Orage, while Orage did his best to stay aloof from the conflict. It is commonly assumed that Orage and Gurdjieff parted ways in early 1931 because of Jessie. But, as this book reveals, he and Gurdjieff both thought that it was time for him to resume his editing career, fortified with Gurdjieff's teaching. Orage did more in New York that represent Gurdjieff's interests. He taught his own psychological exercises and tutored a number of promising American writers. Most significantly, he stirred interest in Social Credit as a possible solution to the financial depression that gripped American and worldwide economies in the 1930s.
Paul Beekman Taylor's engrossing account of the relationship between these two larger-than-life figures is informed by both rigorous scholarship and his own relationship with Gurdjieff.