Maugham's shaggy dog story was published in 1908 during the heyday of Crowley's notoriety in Great Britain. Maugham met Crowley in Paris & was so struck with his demeanor that he offered up an epic caricature of the man in prose. In a review of the novel, Crowley (using the pseudonym Oliver Haddo) accused Maugham of plagiarizing fantasist H.G. Wells & mystic Eliphas Levi, among others. Years later in his autobiography, Maugham dismissed the work, calling The Magician "lush & turgid".
Here is Maugham's novel in full.
|The Faun, Hubert Stowitts & Director Rex Ingram on the set of The Magician|
|A Production Still from The Magician|
|Hubert Stowitts as The Satyr in The Magician|
|Hubert Stowitts as The Satyr in Rex Ingram's The Magician (1926)|