Martin Benson Speaks

Edited by Carl Lehmann-Haupt
Introduction by Carl Lehmann-Haupt
Foreword by Frank R. Sinclair

Subjects: Mysticism, Memoir
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781930337626, 260 pages, September 2011

Table of contents

1. A Vision
2. Talking
3. Childhood
4. Shocks
5. War
6. Sound
7. Nogent-le-Routrou
8. Answering
9. Johnsontown
10. Working
11. The Old Man
12. The Ice House
13. Time
14. Cloven Hoof Farm
15. Stories
16. Thinking
17. A Reading

The robust memoirs of an unusual twentieth-century seeker and student of G. I. Gurdjieff.


This is a rambling narration of the life of Martin Benson and in particular his unique relation with the mystical philosopher G. I. Gurdjieff. The time period includes the years at Fountainebleau, where Gurdjieff had established a school of sacred students. Benson's intimate relation to the master illuminates the living content of his teaching as well as providing cameo sketches of important personalities who were his students.

Carl Lehmann-Haupt, artist, designer, and memoirist himself, has been a student of G. I. Gurdjieff for almost fifty years. His life-long ambition has been to write a history of metaphysics.