Do What Thou Wilt

A Life of Aleister Crowley

Lawrence Sutin

St. Martin's Griffin

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Aleister Crowley was a blustery coward, an arrogant, misogynistic racist with fascist leanings, and a callous user, as often threatened by his sexuality as he claimed to be liberated by it. But he was also a groundbreaking poet and an iconoclastic visionary whose literary and cultural legacies extend far beyond the limits of his reputation. This controversial individual, a frightening mixture of egomania and self-loathing, has inspired passionate--but seldom fair--assesments by historians. Sutin, by treating Crowley as a cultural phenomenon, and not simply a sorcerer or a charlatan, convinces skeptic readers that the self-styled "Beast" remains a fascinating study in eccentricity.

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"Sutin's perceptive study restores this controversial figure to his proper place in the history of modern spirituality."—Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"A rich narrative . . . This is certainly the biography against which to measure the lurid claims and devout counterclaims prompted by the Crowley legend."—Kirkus Reviews

"Sutin wonderfully details the eccentricities of this puzzling man . . . The result is a fascinating, easily readable narrative about one of the most interesting cultural phenomena of the late Victorian period."—Library Journal

"The definitive biography . . . Sutin's work will remain a benchmark against which all future biographies of Crowley will be measured."—James Wasserman, author of Art & Symbols of the Occult and The Militia of Heaven

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Lawrence Sutin

Lawrence Sutin is a professor at the University of Minnesota. His previous works include Divine Invasions and Shifting Realities, on the life and works, respectively, of writer Philip K. Dick.

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Do What Thou Wilt
A Life of Aleister Crowley
Lawrence Sutin

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312288976
ISBN10: 0312288972
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 496 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white insert
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
July 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466875265
ISBN10: 1466875267
448 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white insert
$7.99
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