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Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic


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A biographical history of Aleister Crowleyandrsquo;s activities in Berlin from 1930 to 1932 as Hitler was rising to power andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Examines Crowleyandrsquo;s focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with magical orders andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Explores Crowleyandrsquo;s relationships with Berlinandrsquo;s artists, filmmakers, writers, and performers such as Christopher Isherwood, Jean Ross, and Aldous Huxley andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Recounts the fates of Crowleyandrsquo;s friends and colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowleyandrsquo;s lost art exhibition andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion andldquo;Thelema,andrdquo; he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Known to his friends affectionately as andldquo;The Beast,andrdquo; Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlinandrsquo;s artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the worldandrsquo;s most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and scientists, including Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Ethel Mannin, Otto Dix, Aldous Huxley, Jean Ross, Christopher Isherwood, and many other luminaries of a glittering world soon to be trampled into the mud by the global bloodbath of World War II. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowleyandrsquo;s years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders. He recounts the fates of Crowleyandrsquo;s colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowleyandrsquo;s lost art exhibition--six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in. Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents andldquo;the Beastandrdquo; anew in all his ambiguous and, for some, terrifying glory, at a blazing, seminal moment in the history of the world.

About the Author

Tobias Churton is Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he is faculty lecturer in Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. He holds a masterandrsquo;s degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including andlt;Iandgt;Gnostic Philosophyandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Aleister Crowley: The Biographyandlt;/Iandgt;. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

andlt;bandgt;Foreword: Degenerate Berlin andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;iandgt;by Frank van Lamoen Assistant Curator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdamandlt;/iandgt;andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Acknowledgments andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Dramatis Personae — WHOand#8217;S WHO IN THE BEAST IN BERLIN andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;ONEandlt;/bandgt; — SCOOP! andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;TWOandlt;/bandgt; — Selling Aleister Crowley andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;THREEandlt;/bandgt; — The New Age in Germany andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Theosophy in Germanyandlt;BRandgt;Aleister Crowley Meets the German New Ageandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;FOURandlt;/bandgt; — Karl Germer and the Weida Conference andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Arrival at Hohenleubenandlt;BRandgt;Karl Germerandlt;BRandgt;Thelema Verlagandlt;BRandgt;Dr. Peithmannandlt;BRandgt;Return to Hohenleubenandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;FIVEandlt;/bandgt; — Cosmopolis--City of the Future andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;SIXandlt;/bandgt; — Good-Bye to All That andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Hello Again to All Thatandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;SEVENandlt;/bandgt; — Kings in Exile Are Always Beggars andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;The Stunt Hits the Fanandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;EIGHTandlt;/bandgt;-- Quantum Magus andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;and#8220;Nickand#8221; Carter and the Case of the Reappearing Wifeandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;NINEandlt;/bandgt; — An Old Master andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Modern Art in Berlinandlt;BRandgt;The Artist in the Beastandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;TENandlt;/bandgt; — Hanni Jaeger, Save Our Souls andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;ELEVENandlt;/bandgt; — Thoroughly Modern Magusandlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;The Ninth Degree (IXand#176;)andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;TWELVEandlt;/bandgt; — The Last Summer of Freedom andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Blunderstormandlt;BRandgt;Flechtheimandlt;BRandgt;Werner Alvo Konstantin August von Alvenslebenandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;THIRTEENandlt;/bandgt; — Toward the Exhibition andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;The World from Belowandlt;BRandgt;Marcellus and Margo Schifferandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;FOURTEENandlt;/bandgt; — Porza! andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Mali and Igelandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;FIFTEENandlt;/bandgt; — Hope of Harvest andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;The Great Crowley Movie Connectionandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;SIXTEENandlt;/bandgt; — Spying andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Ethel Manninandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;SEVENTEENandlt;/bandgt; — Last Ordersandlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Jean Rossandlt;BRandgt;Discovery of the Neutronandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;EIGHTEENandlt;/bandgt; — Lost Timeandlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Lost Paintingsandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;NINETEENandlt;/bandgt; — Lost People andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Before Hitler Was, I Amandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;TWENTYandlt;/bandgt; — Rebirth--The Spirit Can Return andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Notes andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Index andlt;/bandgt;

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Churton, Tobias
Inner Traditions International
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