By Tobias Churton
• information Crowley’s travels, passions, literary and creative endeavors, intercourse magick, and psychedelic experimentation
• Investigates Crowley’s undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI
• comprises an abundance of formerly unpublished letters and diaries
Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and author Aleister Crowley’s 3 sojourns in the United States sealed either his notoriety and his lasting impression. utilizing formerly unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton lines Crowley’s vast travels via the US and his quest to implant a brand new magical and non secular awareness within the usa, whereas operating to undermine Germany’s propaganda crusade to maintain the us out of worldwide battle I.
Masterfully recreating turn-of-the-century the United States in all its startling strangeness, Churton explains how Crowley arrived in big apple amid dramatic situations in 1900. After different travels, in 1914 Crowley again to the U.S. and stayed for 5 years: turbulent years that modified him, the realm, and the face of occultism eternally. Diving deeply into Crowley’s 5-year remain, we meet artists, writers, spies, and executive brokers as we discover Crowley’s advanced paintings for British and U.S. intelligence corporations. Exploring Crowley’s involvement with the start of the Greenwich Village radical paintings scene, we find his kin with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser and artists John Butler Yeats, Leon Engers Kennedy, and Robert Winthrop Chanler whereas residing and lecturing on now-vanished “Genius Row.” We adventure his amorous affairs and percentage Crowley’s challenging occasions in New Orleans and his go back to future health, magical dynamism, and the main colourful intercourse existence in the US. We research his arguable political stunts, his position within the sinking of the passenger send Lusitania, his making of the “Elixir of lifestyles” in 1915, his psychedelic experimentation, his prolific literary achievements, and his run-in with Detroit Freemasonry. We additionally witness Crowley’s effect on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and rocket gas genius Jack Parsons. We study why J. Edgar Hoover wouldn’t enable Crowley again within the kingdom and why the FBI raided Crowley’s association in los angeles.
Offering a 20th-century historical past of the occult circulate within the usa, Churton exhibits how Crowley’s U.S. visits laid the basis for the institution of his syncretic “religion” of Thelema and the now flourishing OTO, in addition to how Crowley’s ultimate want was once to have his ashes scattered within the Hamptons.
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