1948 – Everybody’s

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I was delighted to read for the first time a sincere article about that strange and brilliant personality, Aleister Crowley. (“Everybody’s,” April 23.)

He made the fatal mistake of cultivating a flamboyant exhibitionism, which caused one famous woman writer to describe him as “a poser who had come to believe in his own poses.” one recalls the sensational press accounts of drugs and Devil worship in an “Abbey of Theleme” at Cefalu, involving animal sacrifice, a once well-known Hollywood actress, and a famous Epstein model, etc, etc.

Of the real Crowley little was ever heard. I like to think he has now become filled with an inner peace he never knew in the flesh.

– Geoffrey P. Wheeler, Woodhouse Road, North Finchley, N.12.

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