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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 entitled A Manual of G…

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Stanley, Colin. "Colin Wilson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2008; last revised 04 January 2014.
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Articles on Wilson's works

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

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