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WHO WAS MARIE CORELLI?

[From The Rosicrucian Digest December 1943]
 
 
The life of Marie Corelli (1855-1924) is very important from a mystic's point of view. Her real father died before she was born, and her mother, Mrs. Mary E. Mills, of Scottish extraction, married Dr. Charles Mackay, who was a journalist, poet, author, and song writer. Dr. Mackay adopted Marie at the age of three months and he was devoted to her all of his life. His high ideals and influence had much to do with the formation of her childhood. When Dr. Mackay met with reverses and sufferings, Marie left the convent and went to live with and take care of her step-father. In his last days he had the pleasure of knowing she had fulfilled his dreams and achieved success. Her success came despite severe criticism and obstacles.
 
Marie Corelli obtained her pen name (Corelli) from her father's side. Her father and grandfather were Italian and they both were gifted in music, and it was from this Italian side that Marie first heard of the Rosicrucians as both her father and grandfather were prominent members of the Order. Marie was given a casket on her thirteenth birthday which had belonged to her father and had been left in the care of the Rosicrucians in Italy. She never revealed what was in the casket other than to say her father had been an officer of high rank. Marie located the Rosicrucian Order in America and affiliated with it.
 
Marie Corelli was a musician but turned to the career of a mystical novelist and her influence on mystical and Rosicrucian thought has been of inestimable value. Her book, "The Life Everlasting," is most mystical and helpful to Rosicrucians. Her first book, "The Romance of Two Worlds," was published in 1886 and the last, "Poems," was published in 1925. She wrote 29 novels not counting her book of poems.
 
 
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