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Hello,

I'm writing a one-man play about Crowley that I want to take to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, provided I can raise the cash. I've done a fair amount of research but there seems to be no consensus as to how he pronounced his name.

Was it
1. Crowley as in holy

2. Crowley as in owl.

Does anyone have any ideas?

John


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ptoner
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"DarkPoet" wrote:
1. Crowley as in holy

Would be to my knowledge the correct pronunciation.


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both_fhleisginn
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An eponymous limerick 'My Name it is Aleister Crowley' clarifies the pronunciation of his surname:

My name it is Aleister Crowley
A master of Magick unholy
Of philtres and pentacles
Covens, conventicles
Of basil, nepenthe, and moly.

For which see G. Legman (compiler), in his foreword to "The Limerick. 1700 Examples, With Notes Variants and Index", Les Hautes Etudes, Paris, 1953

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 Anonymous
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Is crowley the author of this limerick, if he is that settles the discussion?


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einDoppelganger
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I was always under the impression he was fond of saying;

"The name is Crowley, it rhymes with Holy. It isn't Crowley, that rhymes with foully..."

It is possible that was entirely the invention of Robert Anton Wilson in his book Masks of the Illumaniti but I have a real nagging feeling I have seen that quoted elsewhere (other than that catchy Current 93 song).

Scott


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 Anonymous
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Yes, it rhymes with "holy" not "foully." There is a quatrain to that effect somewhere, I think... Maybe in the HAG?


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"DarkPoet" wrote:
Is crowley the author of this limerick, if he is that settles the discussion?

Well, this widely quoted poem by Crowley certainly does settle it:

The Convert

(A Hundred Years Hence)

There met one eve in a sylan glade
A horrible Man and a beautiful maid.
"Where are you going, so meek and holy?"
"I'm going to temple to worship Crowley."
"Crowley is God, then? How did you know?"
"Why, it's Captain Fuller that told us so."
"And how do you know that Fuller was right?"
"I'm afraid you're a wicked man; Good-night."

While this sort of thing is styled success
I shall not count failure bitterness.

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 Anonymous
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Where are you going, so meek and holy?"
"I'm going to temple to worship Crowley."

I think that's a definitive answer. Thanks to everyone in Lashtal for their help.
John


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