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All and Everything

All and Everything is the name of a trilogy composed by ten books, all written by G. I. Gurdjieff. The ten books were further categorized into three series:

  1. First Series: Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson
  2. Second Series: Meetings with Remarkable Men
  3. Third Series: Life is Real Only Then, When 'I Am'.

An outline of the form and content of All and Everything was first published by Gurdjieff in his book The Herald of Coming Good.

Purpose

In his prospectus for All and Everything, printed at the beginning of each part of the trilogy, Gurdjieff states his aim in publishing these texts:

FIRST SERIES: Three books under the title of 'An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man,' or, 'Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson.'

SECOND SERIES: Three books under the common title of 'Meetings with Remarkable Men.'

THIRD SERIES: Four books under the common title of 'Life is Real Only Then, When I Am.'

All written according to entirely new principles of logical reasoning and strictly directed towards the solution of the following three cardinal problems:

FIRST SERIES: To destroy, mercilessly, without any compromises whatsoever, in the mentation and feelings of the reader, the beliefs and views, by centuries rooted in him, about everything existing in the world.

SECOND SERIES: To acquaint the reader with the material required for a new creation and to prove the soundness and good quality of it.

THIRD SERIES: To assist the arising, in the mentation and in the feelings of the reader, of a veritable, non-fantastic representation not of that illusory world which he now perceives, but of the world existing in reality.

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