"The newest prodigy on the English literary scene, Mr. Wilson came out of nowhere from the outside. He walked into literature...as a man walks into his own house ... filled with assimilated erudition ... Where young Wilson got his knowledge baffled the critics. That he had there could be no mistake." —The New York Times
The Outsiderby Colin Wilson
The seminal work on alienation, creativity, and the modern mind-set. "An exhaustive, luminously intelligent study...a real contribution to our understanding of our deepest predicament."—Philip Toynbee.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 1st ed
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- 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Born to a working class English household in 1931, Colin Wilson went from being the "bad boy" of the British literary scene to becoming a wide-ranging historian, novelist, critic, and philosopher. In addition to his classic study of rebellion, The Outsider, Wilson distinguished himself as one of the most prolific and grounded historians of occult and esoteric movements. A rebel until the end, Wilson later in life wrote stirring intellectual defenses of optimism, challenging the dark vogue of figures such as Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett. He died in Cornwall, England, in late 2013.
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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.
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.
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.