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Description - Aleister Crowley by Roger Hutchinson

Aleister Crowley (1875 1947) was a mystic, writer, poet, astrologer, sexual revolutionary, painter, mountain climber and social critic. Was this the wickedest man in the world , as the contemporary press labelled him? Dubbed by himself as the great beast', Crowley has a terrifying reputation. He dabbled in the occult, supported Germany in the First World War against the Allies, was addicted to opiates, was admired and befriended by a host of celebrities, and many who associated with him died tragically in mysterious circumstances. In this engaging appraisal of Crowley s life, Roger Hutchinson lifts the smokescreen of mythology to reveal a truly astonishing figure. Working from the starting point that behind the demonic reputation there stood a human being, and that beyond the self-proclaimed black magician there was a man hungry for publicity and fame, Hutchinson examines the family background that led a privileged, affluent and intelligent young Victorian man on one of the strangest life journeys of the twentieth century. What took this curious product of the Plymouth Brethren to found the 'first hippy commune' in Sicily? What led this Cambridge graduate and pioneering mountain

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845961329
ISBN-10: 1845961323
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roger Hutchinson

Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist. He lives on the Isle of Raasay.

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