By Tobias Churton
• info Crowley’s travels, passions, literary and inventive endeavors, intercourse magick, and psychedelic experimentation
• Investigates Crowley’s undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI
• contains an abundance of formerly unpublished letters and diaries
Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and author Aleister Crowley’s 3 sojourns in the US sealed either his notoriety and his lasting impact. utilizing formerly unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton strains Crowley’s wide travels via the United States and his quest to implant a brand new magical and religious attention within the usa, whereas operating to undermine Germany’s propaganda crusade to maintain the us out of worldwide warfare I.
Masterfully recreating turn-of-the-century the USA in all its startling strangeness, Churton explains how Crowley arrived in ny amid dramatic situations in 1900. After different travels, in 1914 Crowley lower back to the U.S. and stayed for 5 years: turbulent years that modified him, the area, and the face of occultism perpetually. 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 enterprises. Exploring Crowley’s involvement with the start of the Greenwich Village radical paintings scene, we find his family with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser and artists John Butler Yeats, Leon Engers Kennedy, and Robert Winthrop Chanler whereas dwelling and lecturing on now-vanished “Genius Row.” We event his amorous affairs and percentage Crowley’s demanding instances in New Orleans and his go back to health and wellbeing, magical dynamism, and the main colourful intercourse lifestyles in the USA. We research his debatable 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 impact on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and rocket gas genius Jack Parsons. We research why J. Edgar Hoover wouldn’t allow Crowley again within the kingdom and why the FBI raided Crowley’s association in l. a..
Offering a 20th-century historical past of the occult move 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 used to be to have his ashes scattered within the Hamptons.
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