Do what thou wilt : a life of Aleister Crowley / Lawrence Sutin.
- ISBN: 9781466875265 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 1466875267 (electronic bk.)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 483 pages) : illustrations
- Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
- Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2002.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages -466) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
An overview of the magical tradition, in which it is suggested that the raging battle between Jesus and Satan be (for the moment) set aside in order that the true nature of the Magus be understood -- The strange transformation of one Edward Alexander ("Alick") Crowley, a pious Christian boy of the late Victorian upper class, into Aleister Crowley, Poet, Gent., and Magical Adept in Waiting (1875-98) -- In which Aleister Crowley takes the magical name Perdurabo ("I shall endure to the end") but appears to lose his way amidst the schisms of the Golden Dawn and the temptations of the Vale of Tears (1898-1900) -- Years of wandering in which Crowley pursues the heights of magic and mountains, embraces Buddhism, then abandons all for the love of a woman and the life of country laird (1900-04) -- The birth of the New Aeon (1904-05) -- The assault on Kanchenjunga, the establishment of a new magical order, and the wanderlusts of a magus (1905-08) -- The creation of the Equinox, the rites of Eleusis, and a confrontation in the Sahara with the god of Chaos (1909-14) -- In exile in America, Crowley endures poverty and accusations of treason as ordeals necessary to becoming a magus (1914-19) -- The founding and the ruin of the Abbey of Thelema (1920-23) -- Years of exile and wandering--and the publication of a masterwork (1923-30) -- A staged suicide, an unavenged libel, and the Equinox of the Gods (1930-36) -- The final years of a magus in the guise of a disreputable old man (1937-47) -- An assortment of posthumous assessments and developments.
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|Subject:||Crowley, Aleister, 1875-1947.
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