Colin Wilson

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Colin Wilson was born on June 26, 1931 in the East Midlands city of Leicester—the first child of Arthur and Annetta Wilson. At the age of eleven he attended Gateway Secondary Technical School, where his interest in science began to blossom. Even at this early age he seemed to be blessed with the self confidence and optimistic belief in his own genius that later was often mistaken for arrogance:

“Secretly I admired Newton, for I imagined him as occupying a place in the hierarchy—Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, Planck, Einstein—which would one day include myself.” (Salwak 5)

By the age of 14 he had compiled a multi-volume work of essays covering all aspects of science …

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Citation:
Stanley, Colin. "Colin Wilson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2008; last revised 04 January 2014.
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4748, accessed 01 March 2015.]

Articles on Wilson's works

  1. Access to Inner Worlds
  2. Adrift In Soho
  3. Beyond the Occult
  4. Beyond the Outsider: the philosophy of the future
  5. Eagle and Earwig
  6. Existential Criticism: selected book reviews
  7. Existentially Speaking: essays on the philosophy of literature
  8. Frankenstein’s Castle: the double brain, door to wisdom
  9. Introduction to the New Existentialism
  10. Lord of the Underworld: Jung and the twentieth century
  11. Man Without a Shadow: the diary of an existentialist
  12. Mozart’s Journey to Prague: a playscript
  13. Mysteries
  14. Mysteries: an investigation into the occult, the paranormal and the supernatural
  15. Necessary Doubt
  16. Necessary Doubt
  17. New Pathways in Psychology: Maslow and the post-Freudian revolution
  18. Origins of the Sexual Impulse
  19. Poetry & Mysticism
  20. Religion and the Rebel
  21. Ritual in the Dark
  22. Spider World: Shadowland
  23. Spider World: the Delta
  24. Spider World: the Magician
  25. Spider World: the Tower
  26. Strindberg
  27. Super Consciousness: the quest for the peak experience
  28. The Age of Defeat
  29. The Angry Years: the rise and fall of the Angry Young Men
  30. The Bicameral Critic
  31. The Black Room
  32. The Books in My Life
  33. The Craft of the Novel
  34. The Glass Cage
  35. The God of the Labyrinth (aka The Hedonists)
  36. The Janus Murder Case
  37. The Killer (aka Lingard)
  38. The Magician from Siberia
  39. The Metal Flower Blossom
  40. The Mind Parasites
  41. The Misfits: a study of sexual outsiders
  42. The Occult
  43. The Outsider
  44. The Personality Surgeon
  45. The Philosopher’s Stone
  46. The Quest for Wilhelm Reich
  47. The Return of the Lloigor
  48. The Schoolgirl Murder Case
  49. The Space Vampires (aka Lifeforce)
  50. The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination
  51. The World of Violence

Related Groups

  1. Angry Young Men