Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2017. Hardback with dustjacket, xvi+749 pages. New.
Subtitled Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World, Tobias Churton’s Aleister Crowley in America is an entertaining account of Aleister Crowley’s three sojourns in America. Drawing on previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton traces Crowley’s extensive travels throughout America and his quest to bring a new magical consciousness to the United States, whilst working to undermine Germany’s propoganda campaign to keep the USA out of the First World War. On the way, he explores Crowley’s relationship with the radical art scene in Greenwich Village, his various love affairs, his relationship with authors such as Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser; and artists such as John Butler Yeats and Leon Engers Kennedy. Everything Crowley did in America is fully explored, from his controversial political stunts to his hard times in New Orleans; his psychedelic experimentation and his later influence on scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Jack Parsons. A must for anyone enthralled by the life and works of “the Great Beast”, Aleister Crowley in America is a significant addition to the biographies of the Beast.