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International Bestseller: The essential guidebook to the history of magic and occultism—“the most interesting, informative, and thought-provoking book on [the occult]” (The Sunday Telegraph)
Colin Wilson’s great classic work is a comprehensive history of mystery and magic. His genius lies in producing a skillful synthesis of the available material; clarifying without simplifying, seeing the occult in the light of reason and reason in the light of the mystical and paranormal. It is a journey of enlightenment—a wide-ranging survey of the whole subject and an insightful exploration of Man’s latent powers.
Republished two years after the author’s death, and with a new foreword by bibliographer Colin Stanley, Wilson brings his own refreshingly optimistic and stimulating interpretation to the worlds of the paranormal, the occult, and the supernatural.
About the Author
Colin Wilson was a highly respected and erudite writer. He wrote many books, both fiction and non-fiction, on subjects such as the paranormal, the supernatural and philosophy, including The Outsider and Mysteries. This book is regarded by some as his "tour de force".