Tuesday, January 24, 2012
One evening in 1933, when I was seven, I was sent round to my grandmother's house for tea. For some reason I didn't knock at the door as I went in, and was confronted by my grandmother, naked, with her grey hair hanging down to her waist, standing in a circle drawn on the kitchen floor. - Alex Sanders
|The High Priest, Alex Sanders, Delivered the Doctrine & Practice to the Flower Children of Britain|
Saturday, January 21, 2012
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)|