Dead Socialist Watch, #305

Emily Lutyens, theosophist, feminist, socialist, vegetarian; born in Paris, 26 December 1874, died at Paddington, 3 January 1964. Brought up in Portugal, India, England and France, she married the architect Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and joined the women’s movement, working in the Moral Education League (campaigning for prostitues suffering from venereal disease) and later the WSPU (her sister Constance Bulwer-Lytton was a hunger-striker). Annie Besant converted her to theosophy; she would later write Candles in the Sun, her memoir of her time in this peculiar movement. In 1916, she started a campaign for Indian self-rule. “This was perhaps tactless”, notes the ODNB, “as her husband was then designing an imperial capital at New Delhi.”

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