Eliphas Levi (1810-1875), born Alphonse Louis Constant, was a sage, poet and author of over twenty esoteric books. He began writing at 22 years of age and was imprisoned twice for the critical nature of his work. He married at age 36 and began writing under the name of Eliphas Levi eight years later. His first publication under his new pen name was titled Dogma of High Magic, and was first translated into English 42 years after its initial publication. His main activities in public involved the spreading of information, by publishing various magazines, poems, books and so on. In one of his posthumous works, he writes, "Ignorance is the cause of all mistakes, of all crimes and of all the evils tormenting humanity." His literary work was dedicated to doing justice by spreading truth, for he loved humanity and always cherished the hope of a better world for future generations.