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In November, 1877, Gilbert and Sullivan premiered their operetta, “The Sorcerer,” in London. It was a formulaic, witty, funny tale about a magician, a misapplied love potion, the chaos that ensued and the cost that had to be paid for the use of a magical spell. It was quite popular, being offered to a culture, hungry for tales of the supernatural and occult. Little could anyone have known that less than 100 miles away, there lived a two-year-old boy named Edward, who would grow up to become the most notorious and infamous sorcerer, magician, and occult figure of his generation, and perhaps of any generation before, or since.

Edward Alexander Crowley was born in Leamington Spa, England, in 1875, in the middle of the Victorian Era. He was born into a well-to-do family, one that had owned a successful ale brewery. Crowley Ale was popular and featured a drawing of a crow upon the label, perhaps to aid in the correct pronunciation of the crow part of the name, “Crowley.” (Don’t fret if you’ve pronounced it wrong all this time; I was wrong for over 40 years.)

Edward eventually changed his name to Aleister, with a unique spelling, the reason for which may become evident to the reader after getting to know Crowley’s humor. He then went on to become a legend in his own time.

"While many enlightened individuals in Victorian England were ushering in the Modern Age, other upper-curst Victorians were delving into various aspects of the occult. These two extremes are what make this latest from Owen such a fascinating work.…Owen argues astral travel, mind-altering drug experimentation, sex, magic, and alchemy were as important cultural phenomena in late Victorian England as were rationalism and science."— Library Journal

" The Place of Enchantment is immensely informative—a whole world of magicians and occultists among the great and good of late Victorian and Edwardian England is resurrected in all its complexity.…A beautifully written, philosophically provoking, deeply researched and altogether wonderful work of the historical imagination."—Thomas Laqueur, author of Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation

Crowley remembered nothing of his return to Bou Saada. As he slowly came to himself, however, he knew that he was changed.

Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was a British mystic , occultist , writer , poet , mountain climber and nicknamed "The Wickedest Man In the World.". [1]

He was an influential member in some occult organizations , such as the Golden Dawn , the A∴A∴ , and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), [2] and is better known today for his occult books and papers. He was bisexual . [3]

Crowley also started a mystical philosophy known as Thelema , the Abbey of Thelema , and revived the term magick .

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Uploaded by maldoror.com on March 10, 2012

In November, 1877, Gilbert and Sullivan premiered their operetta, “The Sorcerer,” in London. It was a formulaic, witty, funny tale about a magician, a misapplied love potion, the chaos that ensued and the cost that had to be paid for the use of a magical spell. It was quite popular, being offered to a culture, hungry for tales of the supernatural and occult. Little could anyone have known that less than 100 miles away, there lived a two-year-old boy named Edward, who would grow up to become the most notorious and infamous sorcerer, magician, and occult figure of his generation, and perhaps of any generation before, or since.

Edward Alexander Crowley was born in Leamington Spa, England, in 1875, in the middle of the Victorian Era. He was born into a well-to-do family, one that had owned a successful ale brewery. Crowley Ale was popular and featured a drawing of a crow upon the label, perhaps to aid in the correct pronunciation of the crow part of the name, “Crowley.” (Don’t fret if you’ve pronounced it wrong all this time; I was wrong for over 40 years.)

Edward eventually changed his name to Aleister, with a unique spelling, the reason for which may become evident to the reader after getting to know Crowley’s humor. He then went on to become a legend in his own time.

Uploaded by maldoror.com on March 10, 2012

In November, 1877, Gilbert and Sullivan premiered their operetta, “The Sorcerer,” in London. It was a formulaic, witty, funny tale about a magician, a misapplied love potion, the chaos that ensued and the cost that had to be paid for the use of a magical spell. It was quite popular, being offered to a culture, hungry for tales of the supernatural and occult. Little could anyone have known that less than 100 miles away, there lived a two-year-old boy named Edward, who would grow up to become the most notorious and infamous sorcerer, magician, and occult figure of his generation, and perhaps of any generation before, or since.

Edward Alexander Crowley was born in Leamington Spa, England, in 1875, in the middle of the Victorian Era. He was born into a well-to-do family, one that had owned a successful ale brewery. Crowley Ale was popular and featured a drawing of a crow upon the label, perhaps to aid in the correct pronunciation of the crow part of the name, “Crowley.” (Don’t fret if you’ve pronounced it wrong all this time; I was wrong for over 40 years.)

Edward eventually changed his name to Aleister, with a unique spelling, the reason for which may become evident to the reader after getting to know Crowley’s humor. He then went on to become a legend in his own time.

"While many enlightened individuals in Victorian England were ushering in the Modern Age, other upper-curst Victorians were delving into various aspects of the occult. These two extremes are what make this latest from Owen such a fascinating work.…Owen argues astral travel, mind-altering drug experimentation, sex, magic, and alchemy were as important cultural phenomena in late Victorian England as were rationalism and science."— Library Journal

" The Place of Enchantment is immensely informative—a whole world of magicians and occultists among the great and good of late Victorian and Edwardian England is resurrected in all its complexity.…A beautifully written, philosophically provoking, deeply researched and altogether wonderful work of the historical imagination."—Thomas Laqueur, author of Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation

Crowley remembered nothing of his return to Bou Saada. As he slowly came to himself, however, he knew that he was changed.

Uploaded by maldoror.com on March 10, 2012

In November, 1877, Gilbert and Sullivan premiered their operetta, “The Sorcerer,” in London. It was a formulaic, witty, funny tale about a magician, a misapplied love potion, the chaos that ensued and the cost that had to be paid for the use of a magical spell. It was quite popular, being offered to a culture, hungry for tales of the supernatural and occult. Little could anyone have known that less than 100 miles away, there lived a two-year-old boy named Edward, who would grow up to become the most notorious and infamous sorcerer, magician, and occult figure of his generation, and perhaps of any generation before, or since.

Edward Alexander Crowley was born in Leamington Spa, England, in 1875, in the middle of the Victorian Era. He was born into a well-to-do family, one that had owned a successful ale brewery. Crowley Ale was popular and featured a drawing of a crow upon the label, perhaps to aid in the correct pronunciation of the crow part of the name, “Crowley.” (Don’t fret if you’ve pronounced it wrong all this time; I was wrong for over 40 years.)

Edward eventually changed his name to Aleister, with a unique spelling, the reason for which may become evident to the reader after getting to know Crowley’s humor. He then went on to become a legend in his own time.

"While many enlightened individuals in Victorian England were ushering in the Modern Age, other upper-curst Victorians were delving into various aspects of the occult. These two extremes are what make this latest from Owen such a fascinating work.…Owen argues astral travel, mind-altering drug experimentation, sex, magic, and alchemy were as important cultural phenomena in late Victorian England as were rationalism and science."— Library Journal

" The Place of Enchantment is immensely informative—a whole world of magicians and occultists among the great and good of late Victorian and Edwardian England is resurrected in all its complexity.…A beautifully written, philosophically provoking, deeply researched and altogether wonderful work of the historical imagination."—Thomas Laqueur, author of Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation

Crowley remembered nothing of his return to Bou Saada. As he slowly came to himself, however, he knew that he was changed.

Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was a British mystic , occultist , writer , poet , mountain climber and nicknamed "The Wickedest Man In the World.". [1]

He was an influential member in some occult organizations , such as the Golden Dawn , the A∴A∴ , and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), [2] and is better known today for his occult books and papers. He was bisexual . [3]

Crowley also started a mystical philosophy known as Thelema , the Abbey of Thelema , and revived the term magick .

Edward Alexander Crowley was born in Leamington Spa in 1875. He was educated at Malvern and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he changed his name to Aleister. He was a lyric and dramatic poet, with several dozen books to his credit, including a collaboration with Auguste Rodin. He is anthologized in The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse .

Crowley was natural polymath, and made a name for himself as a poet, novelist, journalist, mountaineer, explorer, chess player, graphic designer, drug experimenter, prankster, lover of women, beloved of men, yogi, magician, prophet, early freedom fighter, human rights activist, philosopher, and artist. He has been compared to Sir Richard Burton, and Crowley is probably best known today as the author of the twentieth century’s most influential textbooks on occultism, and as the first Englishman to found a religion—Thelema—which is today a recognized faith around the world.

Crowley was the enfant terrible of the Edwardian avant-garde of London and Paris. Witty and flamboyant, and an early champion of the aesthetic and inspirational virtues of drugs, sex, music and dance, he gravitated to the cultural exile communities: New York during WWI, the Lost Generation of Paris in the 1920s, and the decadent Berlin of Christopher Isherwood’s Mr. Norris in the 1930s. To those who crossed his path Crowley was unforgettable. He figures in innumerable memoirs, and became the basis for fictional characters ranging from Somerset Maugham’s The Magician to the villain in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale .



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