Aleister Crowley, Sylvester Viereck, Literature, Lust, and the Great War

This book explores the lives of two writers, one born in Germany (Viereck) and one born in England (Crowley), who were both influenced by decadent French writers such as Baudelaire and Mirbeau and English poets such as Swinburne and Wilde. They both wrote decadent poetry early in their careers before becoming known in literary circles as two of the most wicked writers in America (Viereck) and the world (Crowley). By their twenties, their reputations as rebels against the restrictive and stifled cultures they inhabited were firmly established.

Source: Aleister Crowley, Sylvester Viereck, Literature, Lust, and the Great War – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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