Aleister Crowley: Poet, Painter, Writer and Magician
Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Aleister Crowley, his years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for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 Aleister 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 Aleister Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents “the Beast” anew in all his ambiguous and, for some, terrifying glory, at a blazing, seminal moment in the history of the world.
About Tobias Churton
Tobias Churton is a world authority on Freemasonry, Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism. Holding a Masters degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, Tobias is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University and Faculty Lecturer in Western Esotericism. An accomplished film-maker and composer with an award winning drama documentary series Gnostics for Channel 4 (UK), Tobias has also written a biography of Elias Ashmole (1617-92) and standard works on Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, the Gnostic Gospels and Aleister Crowley, as well as a musical on the life of Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a thriller (The Babylon Gene) and much poetry and song. He describes himself as a ‘spiritual philosopher-artist’.