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Chapters in the Course of My Life, 1861-1907 (CW 28)

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Rita Stebbing Introduction by Christopher Bamford Revised and Updated by SteinerBooks

416 pp.  
6" x 9 1/4"
Illustrations: 37 b/w



Published:  January 2000


Written in weekly installments for Das Goetheanum, December 9, 1923 - April 5, 1925 (CW 28)

  • “Because I entered this world with defined soul predispositions, and because the course of my life, as expressed in my biogra­phy, is determined by those predispositions, as a spiritual human being I must have existed before my birth. As a being of spirit, I must be the repetition of someone through whose biography mine can be explained. In each life the human spirit appears as a repetition of itself with the fruits of experi­ences during previous lives. —Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner seldom spoke of himself in a personal way, but in his Autobiography we are offered a rare glimpse into some of the most intimate aspects of his inner life, his personal relationships, and significant events that helped to shape the philosopher, seer, and teacher he became.

This edition restores the original format of seventy chapters, just as Rudolf Steiner wrote them and submitted them to the Goetheanum weekly newsletter. This autobiography is not merely a narrative of his successes and failures, but primarily the story of a soul possessed of a precise and probing scientific mind and a natural clairvoyant ability to see into the spiritual world.

Although naturally clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner always recognized the integrity and importance of modern scientific methods. Thus he developed a modern discipline he called Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science. During the century that followed the events related in this autobiography, Steiner's insights have touched and enriched numerous areas of life in ways that continue to transform people’s lives in the twenty-first century.

This illustrated, revised, updated, and expanded edition was the first volume to be released in The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner. This series will eventually collect all of the English translations of Rudolf Steiner's works—including many never before in English—into an attractive and uniform set of his written and spoken words.

Image: Rudolf Steiner, 1896, the year he finished his work at the Goethe-Schiller Archives.

  • Contents:

  • Series Foreword, Introduction, and Chronological Context
  • Part 1: Seeds of Awakening, Wiener-Neustadt to Vienna, 1861-1890
  • Part 2: Fertile Ground, Weimar, 1890-1897
  • Part 3: Must I Remain Unable to Speak?, Berlin, 1897-1907
  • A Chronology of Rudolf Steiner’s Life and Work by Paul Allen
  • Editorial and Reference Notes by Paul Allen (updated)
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Index

This volume is a translation from German of «Mein Lebensgang» (GA 28). A previous translation was titled The Course of My Life (1951).

Related Titles

  • Rudolf Steiner : A Biography
  • The Last Three Years : Ita Wegman in Ascona, 1940-1943
  • Elisabeth Vreede : Adversity, Resilience, and Spiritual Science
  • Spiritual Friendship : Rudolf Steiner and Christian Morgenstern
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1861–1890: Childhood, Youth, and Study Years (Vol. 1)
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1890–1900: Weimar and Berlin (Vol. 2)
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1900–1914: Spiritual Science and Spiritual Community (Vol. 3)
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1914–1918: The Years of World War I (Vol. 4)
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1919–1922: Social Threefolding and the Waldorf School (Vol. 5)
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1923: The Burning of the Goetheanum (Vol. 6)
  • Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work : 1924–1925: The Anthroposophical Society and the School for Spiritual Science (Vol. 7)

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy ; Collected Works and Anthroposophy: Biography & Autobiography