Confessions of Aleister Crowley

Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autobiography

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  • Paperback | 1120 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0552658200
  • 9780552658201

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Just in time for the occult revival - this publication of the entire six volumes of the autobiography of the alchemist-demonist-cult-leader-writer-traveller-poet-sportsman and accomplished all-round hell raiser. Born in 1875, son of a "Plymouth Brethren" British evangelist, Crowley did not really switch into high gnostic gear until after his undergraduate days at Cambridge, where he excelled at chess, published poems and erotica. In 1898 Crowley became a neophyte in the first of three orders in the magical Great White Brotherhood - a group of initiates guarding perfect knowledge of God, nature and humanity. Once on the prescient pad, the launch into higher reaches of ritual search and even godhead was, it seems, an astral breeze, except for some acute discomforts while transported. His order and rules of "Thelema" (a mix of Eastern disciplines, demonology, Rosicrucianism and early Nietzsche) involved some hair-raising ritual and much restless travel in this world and the next. Yet Crowley was, apparently, a magnetic and witty man, prone to political dalliance, amusing-vilifying verse, and social comment, plentiful particularly during his sojourns in America. With many startling photographs of Crowley in various guises (including a rather flabby Yogi) and a helpful introduction by John Symonds, this is a lengthy hash-podge with an embedded gem or two. For cult fanciers, particularly those who recognize Crowley's visage on the "Sergeant Pepper" album (but probably can't afford the price). (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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