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Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley

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Aleister Crowley was a blustery coward, an arrogant, misogynistic racist with fascist leanings, and a callous user, as often threatened by his sexuality as he claimed to be liberated by it. But he was also a groundbreaking poet and an iconoclastic visionary whose literary and cultural legacies extend far beyond the limits of his reputation. This controversial individual, a frightening mixture of egomania and self-loathing, has inspired passionatebut seldom fairassesments by historians. Sutin, by treating Crowley as a cultural phenomenon, and not simply a sorcerer or a charlatan, convinces skeptic readers that the self-styled "Beast" remains a fascinating study in eccentricity.

Lawrence Sutin is a professor at the University of Minnesota. His previous works include Divine Invasions and Shifting Realities, on the life and works, respectively, of writer Philip K. Dick.

Aleister Crowley was a blustery coward, an arrogant, misogynistic racist with fascist leanings, and a callous user, as often threatened by his sexuality as he claimed to be liberated by it. But he was also a groundbreaking poet and an iconoclastic visionary whose literary and cultural legacies extend far beyond the limits of his reputation. This controversial individual, a frightening mixture of egomania and self-loathing, has inspired passionatebut seldom fairassesments by historians. Sutin, by treating Crowley as a cultural phenomenon, and not simply a sorcerer or a charlatan, convinces skeptic readers that the self-styled "Beast" remains a fascinating study in eccentricity.

"Sutin's perceptive study restores this controversial figure to his proper place in the history of modern spirituality."Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"A rich narrative . . . This is certainly the biography against which to measure the lurid claims and devout counterclaims prompted by the Crowley legend."Kirkus Reviews

"Sutin wonderfully details the eccentricities of this puzzling man . . . The result is a fascinating, easily readable narrative about one of the most interesting cultural phenomena of the late Victorian period."Library Journal

"The definitive biography . . . Sutin's work will remain a benchmark against which all future biographies of Crowley will be measured."James Wasserman, author of Art & Symbols of the Occult and The Militia of Heaven

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Chronicles the notorious life of the self-styled poet and sorcerer Aleister Crowley, looks at his experiences as a magician, mountaineer, and artist, and places him in the context of his times.

Synopsis:

Aleister Crowley was a blustery coward, an arrogant, misogynistic racist with fascist leanings, and a callous user, as often threatened by his sexuality as he claimed to be liberated by it. But he was also a groundbreaking poet and an iconoclastic visionary whose literary and cultural legacies extend far beyond the limits of his reputation. This controversial individual, a frightening mixture of egomania and self-loathing, has inspired passionate--but seldom fair--assesments by historians. Sutin, by treating Crowley as a cultural phenomenon, and not simply a sorcerer or a charlatan, convinces skeptic readers that the self-styled "Beast" remains a fascinating study in eccentricity.

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Lawrence Sutin is a professor at the University of Minnesota. His previous works include Divine Invasions and Shifting Realities, on the life and works, respectively, of writer Philip K. Dick.

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ISBN:
9780312288976
Author:
Sutin, Lawrence
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
New Age
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Occultism
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Occultists
Subject:
Authors, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Crowley, Aleister
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 2001-2916
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page black-and-white insert
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Aleister Crowley was a blustery coward, an arrogant, misogynistic racist with fascist leanings, and a callous user, as often threatened by his sexuality as he claimed to be liberated by it. But he was also a groundbreaking poet and an iconoclastic visionary whose literary and cultural legacies extend far beyond the limits of his reputation. This controversial individual, a frightening mixture of egomania and self-loathing, has inspired passionate--but seldom fair--assesments by historians. Sutin, by treating Crowley as a cultural phenomenon, and not simply a sorcerer or a charlatan, convinces skeptic readers that the self-styled "Beast" remains a fascinating study in eccentricity.
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