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Overview

The Outsider is the seminal work on alienation, creativity, and the modern mind-set. First published more than thirty years ago, it made its youthful author England's most controversial intellectual. The Outsider is an individual engaged in an intense self-exploration-a person who lives at the edge, challenges cultural values, and "stands for Truth." Born into a world without perspective, where others simply drift through life, the Outsider creates his own set of rules and lives them in an unsympathetic environment. The relative handful of people who fulfilled Wilson's definition of the Outsider in the 1950s have now become a significant social force, making Wilson's vision more relevant today than ever. Through the works and lives of various artists-including Kafka, Camus, Eliot, Hemingway, Hesse, Lawrence, Van Gogh, Nijinsky, Shaw, Blake, Nietzsche, and Dostoyevski-Wilson explores the psyche of the Outsider, his effect on society, and society's effect on him. Wilson illuminates the struggle of those who seek not only the transformation of Self but also the transformation of society as a whole. The book is essential for everyone who shares Wilson's conviction that "a new religion is needed."

The seminal work on alienation, creativity, and the modern mindset. First published 30 years ago, it illuminated the struggle of those who seek not only the transformation of the Self, but of society as a whole.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780753814321
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 12/6/2001
  • Edition description: NEW
  • Pages: 322

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction: The Outsider Twenty Years On 1
I The Country of the Blind 11
II World Without Values 27
III The Romantic Outsider 47
IV The Attempt to Gain Control 70
V The Pain Threshold 107
VI The Question of Identity 147
VII The Great Synthesis... 178
VIII The Outsider as Visionary 203
IX Breaking the Circuit 247
Notes 283
Postscript to the Outsider 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    Must read!

    I loved this book! What a wonderful suprise. Finally, proof that I'm NOT crazy and most importantly not alone. :) It's can be a difficult read at times, but worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    An Inspiration For the Life I Have Lead, and Thus Yet To Lead

    It is everything that I had hoped to come across in my self inflicted mental wondering and vagabond days. When I am perplexed within thought, I always come back to Mr. Wilson with the inspiration that he has casted upon me from the genius of within.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    Excellent,I highly recommend

    This book to me is a treasure,It is one that has completely changed my perspective about life,It made me feel as if i am not the only person who has felt the things that i have,It is a book that although at times is depressive and difficult to read will enlighten you and for that reason i highly recommend it,In my opinion this book will expand your mind if you are willing to invest the time into it.

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