Often referred to as the “wickedest man alive,” Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) had a shocking reputation. Stories abound of drugs, orgies, sacrificial ceremonies, and the tragic deaths of those who associated with him. His early life, however, was one of considerable achievement. One of the most accomplished mountain climbers of his generation, he was also the friend and literary model to a host of celebrated figures. An early convert to eastern philosophies, Crowley attempted to replace Western Christianity with his own brand of religion-most notably through his writings and his commune in Sicily. Addicted to opiates, hounded by the press, and pursued through the courts, the tribulations of his later years would have ruined a lesser man. This biography presents the “Great Beast” for the first time as an accessible figure: a flawed, egotistical individual who left an indelible mark on his era.
The Last Tuesday Society, 11 Mare Street, London E8 7RP
31st October 2009
Doors at 6 pm – Lecture commences at 7 pm
More info here.
First posted: Friday, October 30th, 2009.