Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World

Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World

English | December 5th, 2017 | ASIN: B06Y1VHCZX, ISBN: 1620556308 | 761 Pages | EPUB | 17.92 MB

An exploration of Crowley's relationship with the United States!

Details Crowley's travels, passions, literary and artistic endeavors, sex magick, and psychedelic experimentation
Investigates Crowley's undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI
Includes an abundance of previously unpublished letters and diaries

Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer Aleister Crowley's three sojourns in America sealed both his notoriety and his lasting influence. Using previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton traces Crowley's extensive travels through America and his quest to implant a new magical and spiritual consciousness in the United States, while working to undermine Germany's propaganda campaign to keep the United States out of World War I.

Masterfully recreating turn-of-the-century America in all its startling strangeness, Churton explains how Crowley arrived in New York amid dramatic circumstances in 1900. After other travels, in 1914 Crowley returned to the U.S. and stayed for five years: turbulent years that changed him, the world, and the face of occultism forever. Diving deeply into Crowley's 5-year stay, we meet artists, writers, spies, and government agents as we uncover Crowley's complex work for British and U.S. intelligence agencies. Exploring Crowley's involvement with the birth of the Greenwich Village radical art scene, we discover his relations with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser and artists John Butler Yeats, Leon Engers Kennedy, and Robert Winthrop Chanler while living and lecturing on now-vanished "Genius Row."

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