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Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr


This book offers an examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive occult iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) was a study in contradictions. He was born into a Fundamentalist Christian family, and then he was educated at Cambridge where he experienced both an intellectual liberation from his religious upbringing and a psychic awakening that led him into the study of magic. He was a stock figure in the tabloid press of his day, vilified during his life as a traitor, drug addict and debaucher; yet he became known as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esote ... More

Keywords: Aleister Crowley, study of magic, contemporary esotericism, occult arts, Magick, Indic sources, sexuality, magical discipline, Ordo Temli Orientis, Thelema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199863075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henrik Bogdan, editor
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Martin P. Starr, editor

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