The Dedalus Book of the Occult: A Dark Muse

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Dedalus, 2003 - Inspiration - 378 pages
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The occult was a crucial influence on the Renaissance, and it obsessed thinkers like Isaac Newton. Works of brilliance, sometimes even of genius were produced under the influence of occultism. Yet, not too infrequently, it also opened the door on a peculiar kind of madness. The Dedalus Book of the Occult celebrates the influence of occult thought and sensibility on some of the central poets and writers of the last two centuries, beginning with the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, through the Romantic explosion, the paradoxically decadent and futuristic occultism of the fin de siecle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist movement. Swedenborg, Baudelaire, Huysmans and Strindberg are only some of the names to feature in this hidden history of western thought.

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Gary Lachman is the author of The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind, The Dedalus Book of the Occult: A Dark Muse, the Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides, In Search of P.D.Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff and, as Gary Valentine, New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop and Others 1974-1981, a memoir of his years as a musician in New York in the 1970s. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he wrote some of the band's early hits. He moved to London in 1996 and became a full time writer.

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