Margot Adler's Legacy

Margot adler 2004Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Margot Adler died 10:30am Monday, July 28, 2014 in her apartment overlooking Central Park in New York's Upper West Side. She had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer in early 2011, which metastasized over the next three years. Her son, Alex Dylan Glideman, cared for her in the few months before her death when she began experiencing more serious symptoms.

Margot Adler's influence resonates through every Pagan community and Pagan path. In her 68 years she authored several books and worked at National Public Radio (NPR), being a general assignment reporter, and her reports were featured on NPR's broadcasts of "All Things Considered", “Morning Edition,” and “Weekend Edition.” She was also the first to interview  J. K. Rowling on U.S. radio.

Her spiritual path always played an important role in her life and she was an elder in the Covenant of the Goddess. She also worked in the Unitarian Universalist faith community and was a very well respected Wiccan priestess in the Gardnerian tradition.

Her preeminent book, "Drawing Down the Moon" was first published in 1979 and has significantly influenced Paganism ever since. This seminal book was the first extensive study of modern American Paganism. Her sociological standpoint in the book along with groundbreaking interviews of everyday Pagans was refreshing and insightful at a time when legitimate materials about Witchcraft, Wicca and neo-Paganism were scarce.

Her other books include:
"Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution" (a memoir), "Our Way to the Stars", "Out for Blood" and "Vampires Are Us". She contributed to many other works.

Adler was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and received her BA in political science from U.C. Berkeley. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and her master's degree is from New York's Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her love of New York continued throughout her life.

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Drawing Down the Moon has been updated and revised several times:

  • Original edition 1979, hardcover, ISBN 0-670-28342-8 (Viking, New York)
  • Original edition 1979, paperback, ISBN 0-8070-3237-9 (Beacon Press, Boston)
  • Revised edition 1986, paperback, ISBN 0-8070-3253-0 (Beacon Press, Boston)
  • Revised edition 1996, paperback, ISBN 0-14-019536-X (Penguin, New York)
  • Revised edition 2006, paperback, ISBN 0-14-303819-2 (Penguin, New York)

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