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Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley. A Correspondence by Henrik Bogdan

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. It is number out of It has a bookplate from Weiser Antiquarian signed by Bogden and Mathews.

The book is from Teitan Press and includes some relevant photos. Sometimes the level of interpersonal friction between the correspondents rose to a surprising height. On the whole it is a rather interesting read. Not all of the letters survive, and where this is apparent it has been indicated by editorial footnotes. Many helpful explanatory footnotes have been added by the editor. Topics touched on in the letters sometimes very briefly include: Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist.

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You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. References to this work on external resources. Book description In Septembera fifty-one year old Londoner named David Curwen wrote to Aleister Crowley, initiating a correspondence that would last several years.

While Curwen approached Crowley with deference, the relationship that evolved between them was a complex one that defied the accepted parameters of the student-teacher nexus.

For David Curwen was no newcomer to the study of the occult, and Crowley soon discovered that the flow of knowledge would not be simply one way.

In particular Crowley was tantalized by the deep understanding of the principals of tantra that Curwen had acquired during the course of many years study under a mysterious guru. At Crowley’s urging Curwen joined the O. However, Curwen retained his interest in the occult, and in later life he devoted himself to the study of alchemy, publishing the results of his researches pseudonymously in the book In Pursuit of Gold, a work that many believe to be the most significant study ever published of practical alchemy.

In addition to reproducing all of the surviving correspondence between the pair, Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley includes an important biographical Foreword by David Curwen’s grandson, Tony Matthews.

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The letters themselves have been edited and annotated by the scholar of Crowley and Western esotericism, Henrik Bogdan, who has also contributed an illuminating Introduction that gives context to the relationship between Crowley and Curwen, as well as exploring the history of their interest in sexual occultism and tantra, and the influence that they had in Kenneth Grant.

The book is a hardcover, octavo sized 9 x 6 inches, approx Sewn, printed on acid-free paper. Heavy dark green cloth binding, with gilt titling etc to the spine. Black and white frontispiece, and eight xurwen of black and white illustrations. No nrother descriptions found.

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In Septembera fifty-one year old Londoner named David Curwen wrote to Aleister Crowley, initiating a correspondence that would last several years.