Crowley, Edward Alexander (Aleister)

(1875-1947)
   He was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the son of a wealthy brewer turned Plymouth Brethren, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, but left in 1898 without graduating. He was a mountaineer of repute and won a reputation as an explorer and big-game hunter. He belonged to the London's Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (see also W.B. Yeats). The Book of the Law (1904) was a prose poem he claimed to have been dictated to him by some super intelligence. He has been dubbed "wickedest man in the world" and the "Great Beast 666" (from the Book of Revelation). He died at Hastings and was cremated at Brighton. Apprecia90 tion for his poetry was overshadowed by his bizarre personal life, which today would pass almost unnoticed. Some of his other poetry publications: Songs of the Spirit, 1898. Aceldama: A Place to Bury Strangers In, 1898. Songs for Italy, 1923. Little Poems in Prose, 1928. Ahab: And Other Poems, 1974. Some of his poems: "A Birthday," "A Saint's Damnation," "Lyric of Love to Leah," "Pan to Artemis," "The Lesbian Hell," "The Two Mice."
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