Aleister Crowley : the Beast in Berlin : art, sex, and magick in the Weimar Republic / Tobias Churton ; foreword by Frank van Lamoen
- Churton, Tobias, 1960-
- Rochester, Vermont : Inner Traditions, 2014.
- Physical Description:
- xix, 386 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
- Machine generated contents note: One.Scoop! -- Two.Selling Aleister Crowley -- Three.The New Age in Germany -- Theosophy in Germany Aleister Crowley Meets the German New Age -- Four.Karl Germer and the Weida Conference -- Arrival at Hohenleuben Karl Germer -- Thelema Verlag -- Dr. Peithmann -- Return to Hohenleuben -- Five.Cosmopolis --- City of the Future -- Six.Good-Bye to All That -- Hello Again to All That -- Seven.Kings in Exile Are Always Beggars -- The Stunt Hits the Fan -- Eight.Quantum Magus -- "Nick" Carter and the Case of the Reappearing Wife -- Nine.An Old Master -- Modern Art in Berlin The Artist in the Beast -- Ten.Hanni Jaeger, Save Our Souls -- Eleven.Thoroughly Modern Magus -- The Ninth Degree (IX°) -- Twelve.The Last Summer of Freedom -- Blunderstorm -- Flechtheim -- Werner Alvo Konstantin August von Alvensleben -- Thirteen.Toward the Exhibition -- The World from Below Marcellus and Margo Schiffer -- Fourteen.Porza! -- Mali and Igel -- Fifteen.Hope of Harvest -- The Great Crowley Movie Connection -- Sixteen.Spying -- Ethel Mannin -- Seventeen.Last Orders -- Jean Ross -- Discovery of the Neutron -- Eighteen.Lost Time -- Lost Paintings -- Nineteen.Lost People -- Before Hitler Was, I Am -- Twenty.Rebirth --- The Spirit Can Return.
- 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 Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley's years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British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.
- Crowley, Aleister, 1875-1947—Travel—Germany—Berlin
- Art and society—Germany—Berlin—20th century
- Berlin (Germany)—Intellectual life—20th century
- Germany—Social conditions—1918-1933
- 9781620552568 (hardcover)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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