Legends Series: Aleister Crowley

Legends Series: Aleister Crowley
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Most contemporary adventure fans may not recognize the name of Aleister Crowley, but the self-styled Wickedest Man in the World was also arguably the best climber for a while. Then this mercurial man gave into his more peculiar leanings and strove to become a cult figure as an occultist and magician. He was also poet, painter and writer. His swashbuckling autobiography is quite the read. Crowley endured a topsy-turvy early life that indelibly shaped the complex character he later became. His start was comfortable enough. Born in England in 1875 into relative affluence, thanks to his family’s inherited brewery business, things took a turn for the worse when his father died of tongue cancer when Alec (as Crowley was then called) was just 11. His beloved father’s death, mixed with  the family’s all-consuming Christian fundamentalism (his parents were members of... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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