Aleister Crowley: The Beast Demystified [NOOK Book]

Overview

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) - mystic, writer, poet, astrologer, sexual revolutionary, painter, mountain climber and social critic - has a terrifying reputation. The contemporary press labelled him the 'wickedest man in the world', while he called himself the 'great beast'. Crowley dabbled in the occult, supported Germany in the First World ...

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Aleister Crowley: The Beast Demystified

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Overview

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) - mystic, writer, poet, astrologer, sexual revolutionary, painter, mountain climber and social critic - has a terrifying reputation. The contemporary press labelled him the 'wickedest man in the world', while he called himself the 'great beast'. Crowley dabbled in the occult, supported Germany in the First World War, was addicted to opiates, and many who associated with him died tragically in mysterious circumstances.





Working from the starting point that behind the demonic reputation there stood a human being, and that beyond the self-proclaimed black magician there was a man hungry for publicity and fame, Roger Hutchinson lifts the smokescreen of mythology to reveal a truly astonishing figure.





Why did this curious product of the Plymouth Brethren found the first 'hippy commune' in Sicily? What led this Cambridge graduate to be celebrated 20 years after his death on the cover of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album? Why did Mussolini expel him from Italy? Why did a British magazine label him 'the man we'd like to hang'?





Roger Hutchinson reveals the real Crowley: warts, wickedness, talent, courage, cowardice and all.



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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
Informed and cool-headed...admirable.
Sarah Harrison Smith
Roger Hutchinson is both well informed and coolheaded about his subject....It is perhaps regrettable that he does not quote from Crowley himself more often, but as the man was both an execrable stylist and a liar, one can see that his own words would be of little use in conveying the facts of his life, which Hutchinson does admirably.
The New York Times Book Review
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The name Aleister Crowley has long been synonymous with drugs, sex, and the black arts. This biography reveals him to be a flawed but remarkable figure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780573069
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,269,046
  • File size: 275 KB

Meet the Author

Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist. He lives on the Isle of Raasay.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    A good book with useful information

    very well researched and original. Parts are absorbing while other parts are balanced. overall a good book

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