Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley

The Beast in Berlin : Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

Book - 2014
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Known to his friends affectionately as "The Beast," Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlin's artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the world's most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and scientists, including Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Ethel Mannin, Otto Dix, Aldous Huxley, Jean Ross, Christopher Isherwood, and many others. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley's years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders. He recounts the fates of Crowley's colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley's lost art exhibition--six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in. Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents "the Beast" anew at a blazing, seminal moment in world history.
Publisher: Rochester, Vermont : Inner Traditions, 2014
ISBN: 9781620552568
1620552566
Branch Call Number: B CROWLEY
Characteristics: xxix, 386 pages, 14 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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