Mary Butts

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Mary Butts (1890-1937) was an English writer and acquaintance of Crowley's. Known particularly for her skill in the genre of the short story, Butts' works also include novels, poetry, essays, and reviews.

A lifelong student and practicioner of magic, Butts wrote frequently of the Goddess and the mythical feminine. While Crowley appeared to dislike her, referring to her as a "large, white, red-haired maggot," he did acknowledge her contribution to his work Magick in Theory and Practice (Confessions, 878-932).


  • Crowley, Aleister. (1979). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. London;Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Foy, Roslyn Reso. (1999). "Brightness falls": magic in the short stories of Mary Butts. Studies in Short Fiction. Fall 1999, Twayne Publishers.

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  • This page was originally sourced from Thelemapedia. Retrieved May 2009.