Colin Wilson: The Occult

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The Occult was Colin Wilson's first commissioned book and he made no secret of the fact that, at first, it was not a subject that interested him greatly. When he sought the advice of the poet Robert Graves [1895-1985] on whether he should write it, he was told very firmly that he should not. However, with a young family to support, Wilson needed the money and fortunately went ahead with the project. During the course of his research, he found his attitude to the subject changing:

Although I have always been curious about the “occult”... it has never been one of my major interests, like philosophy, or science, or even music ... It was not until two years ago, when I began the systematic research for this …
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Stanley, Colin. "The Occult". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2010
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