Offline sources for Crolwy Info:
1. ABA Liber the 2000 version: gets consistently good reviews.
Liber 4 has a wide variety of very enlightened scholarship. Hb's intro
and editorial material is half the story (quite literally, the 4 parts
of Book 4 without the commentary, appendices, etc. is a mere couple or
few hundred pages, while the BBB (big blue book- Liber ABA version
2000) has a hefty 1000 or so pages total). After 10 solid years of
practice and thelemic affiliation under my belt, this was still
informative and helpful on numerous matters! Something for the
beginner and something more more for the well-prepared student.
2. Do What Thou Wilt- A Life by Lawrence Sutin 2000, very consistent
scholarship. Also has pub dates and other info by which to form an
educated opinion on such matters as the reputer composition date of
manuscript this or holograph that. Slim pickins on the occult,
relatively speaking, but good material on writerly (both the reliable
conjectures and some new bits) creation dates, circumstnaces,
processes, etc. There's something to be said about: a) good
scholarship (e.g. thorough citing of sources and so on) b) recent
scholarship and/ or _actual history first passing
for pre-requisites when dealing with controversial topics like
Aleister or magick with a k. The purchased perspective with some of
these basics is well-worth your time, money invested. L Sutin said he
spent ten years researching the materials presented. As with his
sympathetic but critical treatment of PKDick, this is rare work! Like
the above, there is reading for the begginer and the more advanced.
3. Autohagiography (commonly called 'the Hag')- Aleister Crowley's
very indulgent autobiography will be one of the best starting points
for anything along these lines. If the Beast were like Mohammed, this
would be something like the Hadith (competent students of Islam and
Thelema might care to comment?). The cult classic. Major flaws/
omissions (well-known fact) but priceless and authoritative in its own
Offline, better than these three, i don't know.
try a search like "curriculum vita" "Aleister Crowley" AND history?
try these terms/ search query yet?
or "creation"? as key words
a helpful link i found here:
if you've already combed (and i mean cross-consulted withall the Other
avail. materials, etc.) the offline materials i mention above, you can
prolly find stuff by banging at a search engine for awhile or find a
good university / library search database. databases esp. good, as
consulting peers, etc.