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Colin Wilson's classic exploration of the rebel as genius, with a new introduction by Gary Lachman.
When the upstart English writer Colin Wilson debuted on the literary scene with The Outsider in 1956, it marked one of the opening notes of the cultural revolution of the sixties. Wilson celebrated the misfit not as a figure be "fixed" and reintegrated into society, but as a lone journeyer who often had a stirring artistic, political, or spiritual innovation to convey to society.
Wilson lived this book as much as wrote it. As an impoverished 23-year-old, the Englishman slept in a tent in a London park so that he could be free of material demands to dedicate himself fully to his study. When The Outsider appeared in 1956, it became a sensation among both critics and beats, who formed the vanguard of the dawning Aquarian Age.
In Wilson's epic exploration of mystics, visionaries, literary pioneers, political troublemakers, and rule breakers of all sorts, he evoked a new kind of heroism, which changed how we view ourselves and our purpose in life.
The Outsider is now reissued and reset in a beautiful Tarcher Cornerstone Edition, with a new introduction by Wilson's friend and biographer, Gary Lachman. This new volume coincides with Tarcher's publication of Lachman's biography of Wilson, Beyond the Robot.
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Table of Contents
|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|
|Postscript to the Outsider||289|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.