Colin Wilson: The Quest for Wilhelm Reich

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It was inevitable that Colin Wilson would become interested in Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) at some stage for he was, very much, the “outsider” of the psychoanalytic movement. He first mentioned Reich in his classic 1971 study The Occult. In the same year his essay entitled “Freud, Reich and Nietzsche” was published in The Humanist and an extended book review, “Wilhelm Reich’s Sex and Psychology”, appeared a year later in Books and Bookmen. This review was published in its own right as the eleven-page pamphlet Wilhelm Reich in 1974 and included in the booklet Hesse—Reich—Borges. In the latter he mentioned that he was currently researching a book on Reich. That book, The Quest for …

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Stanley, Colin. "The Quest for Wilhelm Reich". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 March 2014
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