The Valiant Life of Charles B. Purdom,
by Bob Mossman. Softcover, 386 pages.
Charles Purdom (1883-1965), a British author, drama critic, town planner, and economist, was Meher Baba's early biographer, having written The Perfect Master (1936), the first detailed biography of the Master published in English, followed by The God-Man: The Life, Journeys, and Work of Meher Baba (1964, 1971, 2010), which remains a valuable biography. Purdom also edited God to Man and Man to God (1955), an edition of Meher Baba's Discourses.
Purdom first met Meher Baba in Devon, England in 1931, on Baba's first visit to the West, and was immediately drawn into the circle of Baba's early Western disciples.
Purdom's life was a diverse one: founder of utopian communities, lover of Shakespeare and the theater, journalist, author and publisher. The father of four wrote 20 books over a 50-year period on subjects he loved: Meher Baba, the theater, and model towns. Purdom served his "Perfect Master," Meher Baba for 34 years. This is the biography of Meher Baba's biographer.
Bob Mossman is also the author of Slave of Love (2012), a biography of Meher Baba's close English disciple Dr. William Donkin.