Books on Gurdjieff and His Teaching

Kevin Langdon

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Hundreds of books have been written by and about Gurdjieff and his pupils. The following books, from the core of the Gurdjieff literature, provide a summary of Gurdjieff's ideas and a sense of his intense and practical work with pupils.

The listed editions are those currently available in bookstores and from, except as noted.

Books by Gurdjieff

George Ivanovich [G.I.] Gurdjieff

First Series: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man. Aurora, Oregon: Two Rivers Press, 1993 (under the title ``All and Everything: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson'').
A critique of human life as seen by a visitor from beyond the solar system.

Second Series: Meetings with Remarkable Men. New York: Dutton, 1991.
Autobiographical narratives intended, according to Gurdjieff, ``to acquaint the reader with the material required for a new creation and to prove the soundness and good quality of it.''

Third Series: Life Is Real Only Then, When ``I Am''. London and New York: Viking Arkana, 1991.
While the Third Series is unfinished, it contains very interesting material from Gurdjieff's own self-observation. Currently out of print.

Personal Accounts

Margaret Anderson

John G. Bennett

John G. and Elizabeth Bennett

Anna Butkovsky-Hewitt

Thomas and Olga de Hartmann

Rina Hands

Kathryn Hulme

C.S. Nott

Peter Demianovich [P.D.] Ouspensky

Fritz Peters

Ravi Ravindra

A.L. Staveley

Wolfe, Edwin

Books About the Teaching

Jane Heap

Alfred R. Orage

Peter Demianovich [P.D.] Ouspensky

John Pentland

Jean Vaysse

Scholarly Studies of Gurdjieff and His Work
All of these books are very subjective, in my opinion, and should be approached with caution.

John G. Bennett

James Moore

James Webb

Reference Works

Walter Driscoll and the Gurdjieff Foundation of California

The Society for Traditional Studies

Other Books

Jacob Needleman and George Baker, editors (English edition; Bruno de Panafieu edited the original, French edition)

Peter Demianovich [P.D.] Ouspensky


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