Denis Saurat  

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Denis Saurat (1890-June 71958) was an Anglo-French scholar and writer, on a wide range of topics. His views on the connection in the early modern period between poetry, such as that of Edmund Spenser and John Milton, and the occult represented in particular by the Kabbalah, were ahead of their time: not surviving close scholarly analysis, they yet anticipated later studies such as that of Frances Yates.

After receiving a doctorate of the University of Bordeaux, and a lauréat des concours d'agrégation in 1919, he became associated with the Department of French at King's College London from 1920. He was director for many years of the French Institute of London.


  • La pensée de Milton (1920) as Milton: Man and Thinker (1925)
  • Blake and Milton (1922)
  • Milton et le matérialisme chrétien en Angleterre (1928) as Milton and Materialism
  • The Three Conventions: Metaphysical Dialogues, Principia Metaphysica, and Commentary (1926)
  • Tendances, essays de critique (1928)
  • Blake and Modern Thought (1929)
  • La religion de Victor Hugo (1929)
  • La littérature et l'occultisme. Études sur la poésie philosophique moderne (1929) as Literature and Occult Tradition (1930) translated by Dorothy Bolton
  • Histoire des Religions (1933) as A History of Religions (1934)
  • Selected Essays and Critical Writings of A. R. Orage (1935) editor with Herbert Read
  • Modernes (1935)
  • La fin de la peur (1937) as The End of Fear
  • Perspectives (1938)
  • French War Aims (1940)
  • The Christ at Chartres (1940)
  • The Spirit of France (1940)
  • Regeneration, with a Letter from General de Gaulle (1941)
  • Watch Over Africa (1941)
  • Death and the Dreamer (1946) as La mort et le rêveur (1947)
  • Modern French Literature, 1870-1940 (1946)
  • William Blake Selected Poems (1947) editor
  • Gods of the People (1947)
  • Angels and Beasts (1947) French short stories, editor
  • La religion esotérique de Victor Hugo (1948)
  • Victor Hugo et les dieux du people (1948) La Littérature et l'occultisme II
  • L'expérience de l'au-delà (1951)
  • William Blake (1954) in French
  • L'Atlantide et le règne des géants (1954) as Atlantis and the Giants (1957)
  • La religion des géants et la civilisation des insectes (1955)
  • Commentary on Beelzebub's Tales (1969)
  • The Denis Saurat Reader (2004)
  • Early Earth (2006)


  • John Robert Colombo (2003), editor, O Rare Denis Saurat
  • John Robert Colombo (2004), editor, The Denis Saurat Reader
  • John Robert Colombo (2006), editor, Early Earth

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