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Time Magazine Monday, Dec. 15, 1947

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Rascal's Regress - Time Magazine Monday, Dec. 15, 1947

Edward Alexander ("Aleister") Crowley was born 72 years ago into a conventional world. Being conventional, that world pretended that it was easily shocked. Aleister determined to be a shocking young man. He went to Cambridge and became interested in magick (as he insisted on spelling the word). On a legacy of £30,000 he traveled to China and Tibet for further studies in the black art. Most of his books and poems (Clouds Without Water, The Winged Beetle, Confessions') were printed privately because of their obscenity. Aleister achieved his shocking ambition. But he discovered that, although he was notorious, he had also become ridiculous.