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Recommended reading for Colin Wilson

Dossor, Howard. Colin Wilson: The Man and His Mind. Longmead, Shaftesbury, Dorset: Element Books, 1990. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

The most comprehensive study of Wilson's work. In his 'Foreword' Wilson writes "I have long accepted that the difficulty with my work is that it covers too wide a field...so that even sympathetic readers often fail to see the wood for the trees." This statement is upheld by the chapter titles of Dossor's book wherein he attempts to methodically progress through every aspect of his subject's work, assessing the relevant books as he goes. The result is a study of remarkable clarity which, because Wilson's oeuvre has become so vast, it is doubtful that anyone will attempt again. There is room for extended studies based upon almost every chapter of this book. But analysing individual aspects of Wilson's work can never hope to do justice to what Dossor describes as his "universal genius". This book bravely takes up that challenge and succeeds in elucidating Wilson's work.

Stanley, Colin, ed. Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is a collection of essays brought together and edited by Colin Stanley to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'The Outsider'. It contains 33 mainly unpublished essays on Wilson’s life and work. The contributions fall mainly into two categories: candid recollections by friends and colleagues of Wilson and critical assessments by recognised scholars of his work. Contributors include fellow ‘Angry Young Men’: Stuart Holroyd and Bill Hopkins; Angus Wilson, Tom Greenwell, Allen Ginsberg, Brocard Sewell, A.E. vanVogt, Daniel Farson, Nicolas Tredell, Marilyn Ferguson, Howard F. Dossor, Joyce Carol Oates, Uri Geller and several others. Also included is the full-text of the five major reviews of 'The Outsider' by Cyril Connolly, Philip Toynbee, J.B. Priestley, Kenneth Walker and Oswald Mosley. A storehouse of memoirs and critiques for Wilson scholars, students of the ‘Angry Young Men’ and the English literary scene in the 1950s.

Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson’s ’Outsider Cycle’: A Guide ForStudents. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2009. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Colin Wilson’s Outsider Cycle is the collective label applied to the seven philosophy books, outlining his New Existentialism, which were published between the years 1956 and 1966: The Outsider (1956), Religion and the Rebel (1957), The Age of Defeat (aka The Stature of Man) (1959), The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination (1962), Origins of the Sexual Impulse (1963), Beyond the Outsider: the philosophy of the future (1965), Introduction to the New Existentialism (aka The New Existentialism) (1966). Any connection between the books went unnoticed by the (mostly) hostile critics of the day until Wilson announced in his Preface to book 6 that: “These books are closely linked—so closely that it is impossible for any one of them to be understood without the others” (Beyond the Outsider, p.11). Colin Stanley examines these titles closely, provides an essay on each, assesses the critical appraisal and appends full bibliographical details (extracted from his Colin Wilson, the first fifty years: an existential bibliography, 1956-2005) but admits that, because the books themselves are eminently readable, attempts at elucidation can often have the opposite result. For those requiring further clarification, however, Wilson himself has written an Afterword, explaining the Outsider Cycle, nearly 45 years on.

Stanley, Colin, ed. Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is a collection of essays brought together and edited by Colin Stanley to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'The Outsider'. It contains 33 mainly unpublished essays on Wilson’s life and work. The contributions fall mainly into two categories: candid recollections by friends and colleagues of Wilson and critical assessments by recognised scholars of his work. Contributors include fellow ‘Angry Young Men’: Stuart Holroyd and Bill Hopkins; Angus Wilson, Tom Greenwell, Allen Ginsberg, Brocard Sewell, A.E. vanVogt, Daniel Farson, Nicolas Tredell, Marilyn Ferguson, Howard F. Dossor, Joyce Carol Oates, Uri Geller and several others. Also included is the full-text of the five major reviews of 'The Outsider' by Cyril Connolly, Philip Toynbee, J.B. Priestley, Kenneth Walker and Oswald Mosley. A storehouse of memoirs and critiques for Wilson scholars, students of the ‘Angry Young Men’ and the English literary scene in the 1950s.

Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson’s ’Outsider Cycle’: A Guide ForStudents. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2009. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Colin Wilson’s Outsider Cycle is the collective label applied to the seven philosophy books, outlining his New Existentialism, which were published between the years 1956 and 1966: The Outsider (1956), Religion and the Rebel (1957), The Age of Defeat (aka The Stature of Man) (1959), The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination (1962), Origins of the Sexual Impulse (1963), Beyond the Outsider: the philosophy of the future (1965), Introduction to the New Existentialism (aka The New Existentialism) (1966). Any connection between the books went unnoticed by the (mostly) hostile critics of the day until Wilson announced in his Preface to book 6 that: “These books are closely linked—so closely that it is impossible for any one of them to be understood without the others” (Beyond the Outsider, p.11). Colin Stanley examines these titles closely, provides an essay on each, assesses the critical appraisal and appends full bibliographical details (extracted from his Colin Wilson, the first fifty years: an existential bibliography, 1956-2005) but admits that, because the books themselves are eminently readable, attempts at elucidation can often have the opposite result. For those requiring further clarification, however, Wilson himself has written an Afterword, explaining the Outsider Cycle, nearly 45 years on.

Meadley, Robert. The Odyssey of a Dogged Optimist. Manchester: Savoy Books, 2004. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

e-book: can be downloaded free of charge from: http://www.savoy.abel.co.uk

Stanley, Colin, ed. Around the Outsider:: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. unknown, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This book, which collects 20 essays by academics, authors and other key commentators internationally, is edited by Wilson bibliographer and scholar Colin Stanley. Contributors from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand have written on their favourite Wilson book, or one which has special significance for them. The outcome is a diverse and indispensable assessment of Wilson’s writings on philosophy, psychology, literature, criminology, the occult and autobiography over more than 50 years, with critical appraisals of four of his most thought-provoking novels. The line-up includes three professors, Thomas Bertonneau (literature), Stephen Clark (philosophy) and Stanley Krippner (psychology), the author and critic Nicholas Tredell, the author and former editor of the literary magazine 'Abraxas', Paul Newman, the author Gary Lachman and Steve Taylor, a lecturer and researcher in transpersonal psychology. Other contributing authors include Simon Brighton, Antoni Diller, Chris Nelson, David Power and journalist Geoff Ward, who established and runs the Colin Wilson World website. The novelist Laura Del Rivo, a contemporary of Wilson, contributes an appendix, as does writer and poet Vaughan Robertson, and author Terry Welbourn with a personal appreciation of Wilson and T C Lethbridge, the archaeologist and psychic investigator. Murray Ewing, of the David Lindsay website at violetapple.org.uk, Philip Coulthard of colinwilsononline.com, and George Poulos complete the list.

Stanley, Colin. The Colin Wilson Bibliography 1956-2010. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is the third edition of Colin Stanley’s 'The Work of Colin Wilson: an annotated bibliography and guide', and references details of: (a) All 180 published books by the author. (b) 591 of his published articles. (c) Over 160 Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords. (d) 332 book reviews. (e) Over 350 books and articles about his work. (f) 1500 reviews of his books. (g) His television and radio appearances. Published to coincide with the author’s 80th birthday, this comprehensive, annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources has been fully revised and updated, incorporating an author chronology and an exhaustive index. Aimed at scholars, collectors and fans worldwide it also includes details of non-English translations of Wilson’s work.

Diller, Antoni. Stuart Holroyd:: Years of Anger and Beyond. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Stuart Holroyd [1933- ] came to prominence in 1957 when his first book 'Emergence From Chaos' propelled him onto the ‘Angry Young Men’ bandwagon, alongside his friends Colin Wilson and Bill Hopkins. 'Flight and Pursuit' followed in 1959 since when he has pursued a career as a language teacher, occasionally publishing books on a variety of subjects including the paranormal, Gnosticism and the philosophy of Krishnamurti. His memoir of the 1950s 'Contraries: a personal progression' appeared in 1975. The two main sections of Antoni Diller’s essay were originally written as self-contained articles. The first section, “Becoming Angry”, focuses on the 1950s, a crucial period in Holroyd’s life. The second, “Expanding Horizons”, relates the major events in Holroyd’s life from 1960 to the present. The appendix, “Notes and Sources”, explains the origins of the information contained in this study and provides biblio-graphical references for the published material that Diller has made use of. A bibliography of Holroyd’s writings completes this exploration of an unjustly neglected thinker.

Campion, Sidney. The Sound Barrier:: A Study of the Ideas of Colin Wilson. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Originally written in 1963 as a sequel to 'The World of Colin Wilson', Sidney R. Campion’s assessment of the early work of Colin Wilson—including much of the ‘Outsider Cycle’ and the accompanying novels—failed to find a publisher at the time, despite being amended by Wilson and enhanced by quotations from his journals. Eventually abandoned and forgotten for over 40 years, Wilson scholars will see the publication of 'The Sound Barrier' as an invaluable addition to Colin Wilson studies concentrating, as it does, on that particularly fruitful and important stage in the author’s career.

Stanley, Colin, ed. Proceedings of the First International Colin Wilson Conference: University of Nottingham, July 1, 2016. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

When the archive of the English philosopher and polymath Colin Wilson (1931-2013) was opened at the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom, in the summer of 2011, it was agreed among those present that a Conference should be arranged there to discuss his work. 2016 was mooted as an appropriate date coinciding with the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of his first (and still most famous) book 'The Outsider'; a book that has remained in print since publication day in May 1956 and now been translated into well-over 30 languages. This volume contains the transcripts of the papers presented at that inaugural one-day conference on July 1, 2016. Experts, scholars and fans, from around the globe, gathered to hear and present papers on a variety of Wilson-related topics ranging from Existentialism to the Occult; from H. P. Lovecraft to Jack the Ripper; and from Science Fiction to Transcendental Evolution.

Stanley, Colin, ed. Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is a collection of essays brought together and edited by Colin Stanley to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'The Outsider'. It contains 33 mainly unpublished essays on Wilson’s life and work. The contributions fall mainly into two categories: candid recollections by friends and colleagues of Wilson and critical assessments by recognised scholars of his work. Contributors include fellow ‘Angry Young Men’: Stuart Holroyd and Bill Hopkins; Angus Wilson, Tom Greenwell, Allen Ginsberg, Brocard Sewell, A.E. vanVogt, Daniel Farson, Nicolas Tredell, Marilyn Ferguson, Howard F. Dossor, Joyce Carol Oates, Uri Geller and several others. Also included is the full-text of the five major reviews of 'The Outsider' by Cyril Connolly, Philip Toynbee, J.B. Priestley, Kenneth Walker and Oswald Mosley. A storehouse of memoirs and critiques for Wilson scholars, students of the ‘Angry Young Men’ and the English literary scene in the 1950s.

Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson’s ’Outsider Cycle’: A Guide ForStudents. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2009. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Colin Wilson’s Outsider Cycle is the collective label applied to the seven philosophy books, outlining his New Existentialism, which were published between the years 1956 and 1966: The Outsider (1956), Religion and the Rebel (1957), The Age of Defeat (aka The Stature of Man) (1959), The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination (1962), Origins of the Sexual Impulse (1963), Beyond the Outsider: the philosophy of the future (1965), Introduction to the New Existentialism (aka The New Existentialism) (1966). Any connection between the books went unnoticed by the (mostly) hostile critics of the day until Wilson announced in his Preface to book 6 that: “These books are closely linked—so closely that it is impossible for any one of them to be understood without the others” (Beyond the Outsider, p.11). Colin Stanley examines these titles closely, provides an essay on each, assesses the critical appraisal and appends full bibliographical details (extracted from his Colin Wilson, the first fifty years: an existential bibliography, 1956-2005) but admits that, because the books themselves are eminently readable, attempts at elucidation can often have the opposite result. For those requiring further clarification, however, Wilson himself has written an Afterword, explaining the Outsider Cycle, nearly 45 years on.

Stanley, Colin, ed. Around the Outsider:: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. unknown, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This book, which collects 20 essays by academics, authors and other key commentators internationally, is edited by Wilson bibliographer and scholar Colin Stanley. Contributors from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand have written on their favourite Wilson book, or one which has special significance for them. The outcome is a diverse and indispensable assessment of Wilson’s writings on philosophy, psychology, literature, criminology, the occult and autobiography over more than 50 years, with critical appraisals of four of his most thought-provoking novels. The line-up includes three professors, Thomas Bertonneau (literature), Stephen Clark (philosophy) and Stanley Krippner (psychology), the author and critic Nicholas Tredell, the author and former editor of the literary magazine 'Abraxas', Paul Newman, the author Gary Lachman and Steve Taylor, a lecturer and researcher in transpersonal psychology. Other contributing authors include Simon Brighton, Antoni Diller, Chris Nelson, David Power and journalist Geoff Ward, who established and runs the Colin Wilson World website. The novelist Laura Del Rivo, a contemporary of Wilson, contributes an appendix, as does writer and poet Vaughan Robertson, and author Terry Welbourn with a personal appreciation of Wilson and T C Lethbridge, the archaeologist and psychic investigator. Murray Ewing, of the David Lindsay website at violetapple.org.uk, Philip Coulthard of colinwilsononline.com, and George Poulos complete the list.

Stanley, Colin. The Colin Wilson Bibliography 1956-2010. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is the third edition of Colin Stanley’s 'The Work of Colin Wilson: an annotated bibliography and guide', and references details of: (a) All 180 published books by the author. (b) 591 of his published articles. (c) Over 160 Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords. (d) 332 book reviews. (e) Over 350 books and articles about his work. (f) 1500 reviews of his books. (g) His television and radio appearances. Published to coincide with the author’s 80th birthday, this comprehensive, annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources has been fully revised and updated, incorporating an author chronology and an exhaustive index. Aimed at scholars, collectors and fans worldwide it also includes details of non-English translations of Wilson’s work.

Diller, Antoni. Stuart Holroyd:: Years of Anger and Beyond. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Stuart Holroyd [1933- ] came to prominence in 1957 when his first book 'Emergence From Chaos' propelled him onto the ‘Angry Young Men’ bandwagon, alongside his friends Colin Wilson and Bill Hopkins. 'Flight and Pursuit' followed in 1959 since when he has pursued a career as a language teacher, occasionally publishing books on a variety of subjects including the paranormal, Gnosticism and the philosophy of Krishnamurti. His memoir of the 1950s 'Contraries: a personal progression' appeared in 1975. The two main sections of Antoni Diller’s essay were originally written as self-contained articles. The first section, “Becoming Angry”, focuses on the 1950s, a crucial period in Holroyd’s life. The second, “Expanding Horizons”, relates the major events in Holroyd’s life from 1960 to the present. The appendix, “Notes and Sources”, explains the origins of the information contained in this study and provides biblio-graphical references for the published material that Diller has made use of. A bibliography of Holroyd’s writings completes this exploration of an unjustly neglected thinker.

Campion, Sidney. The Sound Barrier:: A Study of the Ideas of Colin Wilson. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Originally written in 1963 as a sequel to 'The World of Colin Wilson', Sidney R. Campion’s assessment of the early work of Colin Wilson—including much of the ‘Outsider Cycle’ and the accompanying novels—failed to find a publisher at the time, despite being amended by Wilson and enhanced by quotations from his journals. Eventually abandoned and forgotten for over 40 years, Wilson scholars will see the publication of 'The Sound Barrier' as an invaluable addition to Colin Wilson studies concentrating, as it does, on that particularly fruitful and important stage in the author’s career.

Stanley, Colin, ed. Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is a collection of essays brought together and edited by Colin Stanley to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'The Outsider'. It contains 33 mainly unpublished essays on Wilson’s life and work. The contributions fall mainly into two categories: candid recollections by friends and colleagues of Wilson and critical assessments by recognised scholars of his work. Contributors include fellow ‘Angry Young Men’: Stuart Holroyd and Bill Hopkins; Angus Wilson, Tom Greenwell, Allen Ginsberg, Brocard Sewell, A.E. vanVogt, Daniel Farson, Nicolas Tredell, Marilyn Ferguson, Howard F. Dossor, Joyce Carol Oates, Uri Geller and several others. Also included is the full-text of the five major reviews of 'The Outsider' by Cyril Connolly, Philip Toynbee, J.B. Priestley, Kenneth Walker and Oswald Mosley. A storehouse of memoirs and critiques for Wilson scholars, students of the ‘Angry Young Men’ and the English literary scene in the 1950s.

Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson’s ’Outsider Cycle’: A Guide ForStudents. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2009. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Colin Wilson’s Outsider Cycle is the collective label applied to the seven philosophy books, outlining his New Existentialism, which were published between the years 1956 and 1966: The Outsider (1956), Religion and the Rebel (1957), The Age of Defeat (aka The Stature of Man) (1959), The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination (1962), Origins of the Sexual Impulse (1963), Beyond the Outsider: the philosophy of the future (1965), Introduction to the New Existentialism (aka The New Existentialism) (1966). Any connection between the books went unnoticed by the (mostly) hostile critics of the day until Wilson announced in his Preface to book 6 that: “These books are closely linked—so closely that it is impossible for any one of them to be understood without the others” (Beyond the Outsider, p.11). Colin Stanley examines these titles closely, provides an essay on each, assesses the critical appraisal and appends full bibliographical details (extracted from his Colin Wilson, the first fifty years: an existential bibliography, 1956-2005) but admits that, because the books themselves are eminently readable, attempts at elucidation can often have the opposite result. For those requiring further clarification, however, Wilson himself has written an Afterword, explaining the Outsider Cycle, nearly 45 years on.

Allsop, Kenneth. The Angry Decade: A Survey of the Cultural Revolt of the Nineteen Fifties. London: Peter Owen, 1958. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Bendau, Clifford P. Colin Wilson: The Outsider and Beyond. San Bernardino, CA: The Borgo Press, 1979. Print.

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Bergström, K. Gunnar. An Odyssey to Freedom: Four Themes in Colin Wilson’s Novels. Uppsala: University of Uppsala Press, 1983. Print.

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Brown, Ted. The Outsider and After: The Writings of Colin Wilson, 1956-1996. Toronto: Letters Bookshop, 1996. Print.

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Campion, Sidney. The World of Colin Wilson. London: Frederick Müller, 1962. Print.

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Clark, Stephen R. L. How to Live Forever: Science Fiction and Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1995. Print.

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Cooper-Clark, Diana.“Colin Wilson Interview.” Interviews With Contemporary Novelists. London: Macmillan, 1986. 212-238. Print.

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Dalgleish, Tim. The Guerilla Philosopher: Colin Wilson and Existentialism. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1993. Print.

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Dillard, R. H. W.“Toward an Existential Realism: The Novels of Colin Wilson.” Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. Ed. Colin Stanley. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. 137-149. Print.

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Dossor, Howard F.“Colin Wilson.” The Bicameral Critic. Ed. Howard F. Dossor. Bath: Ashgrove Press, 1985. 1-10. Print.

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Dossor, Howard F. The Philosophy of Colin Wilson: Three Perspectives. Ed. Colin Wilson. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1996. Print.

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Eckman, Martha.“Colin Wilson and the Occult.” The Contemporary Literary Scene 1973. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1974. 62-74. Print.

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Farson, Daniel. Never a Normal Man. London: HarperCollins, 1997. Print.

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Farson, Daniel. Sacred Monsters. London: Bloomsbury, 1988. Print.

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Greenwell, Tom. Chepstow Road: A Literary Comedy in Two Acts. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2002. Print.

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Holroyd, Stuart. Contraries: A Personal Progression. London: Bodley Head, 1975. Print.

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Ivasheva, V.“Colin Wilson.” 20th Century English Literature: A Soviet View. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1982. 288-98. Print.

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Lachman, Gary. Two Essays on Colin Wilson: ’World Rejection and Criminal Romantics’ and ’From Outsider to Post-Tragic Man’. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1994. Print.

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Lewin, Dorothy M. Colin Wilson and the Sexual Mystique. Ann Arbor, MI, and London: University Microfilms International Research Press, 1993. Print.

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Moorhouse, John, and Paul Newman. Colin Wilson: Two Essays: ’The English Existentialist’ and ’Spiders and Outsiders’ (Including an Interview With the Author). Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1989. Print.

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Newman, Paul. Murder As an Antidote for Boredom: The Novels of Laura Del Rivo, Colin Wilson and Bill Hopkins. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1994. Print.

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Robertson, Vaughan. Wilson As Mystic. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2001. Print.

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Salwak, Dale. Interviews With Britain’s Angry Young Men. San Bernardino, CA: The Borgo Press, 1984. Print.

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Shand, John, and Gary Lachman. ’Colin Wilson As Philosopher’ and ’Faculty X, Consciousness and the Transcendence of Time’. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1996. Print.

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Smalldon, Jeffrey. Human Nature Stained: Colin Wilson and the Existential Study of Modern Murder. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1991. Print.

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Spurgeon, Brad. Colin Wilson: Philosopher of Optimism. Manchester: Michael Butterworth Books, 2006. Print.

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Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson, the First Fifty Years: An Existential Bibliography, 1956-2005. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2006. Print.

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Stanley, Colin. ’The Nature of Freedom’ and Other Essays. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1990. Print.

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Stanley, Colin. The Work of Colin Wilson: An Annotated Bibliography & Guide. San Bernardino, CA: The Borgo Press, 1989. Print.

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Stanley, Colin. The Work of Colin Wilson: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide: Supplement to 1995. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2000. Print.

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Tredell, Nicolas.“Colin Wilson.” British Novelists since 1960: Second Series. Ed. M. Moseley. Detroit, IL, and London: Gale Research, 1998. 325-340. Print.

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Tredell, Nicolas. The Novels of Colin Wilson. London: Vision Press, 1982. Print.

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Trowell, Michael. Colin Wilson, the Positive Approach: A Response to a Critic. Ed. Colin Stanley. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 1990. Print.

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Weigel, John A. Colin Wilson. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.

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Weigel, John A.“Colin Wilson.” Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. Ed. Colin Stanley. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. 150-160. Print.

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Oates, Joyce Carol.“’Introduction’ to The Philosopher’s Stone.” Colin Wilson, A Celebration: Essays and Recollections. Ed. Colin Stanley. London: Cecil Woolf, 1988. 161-167. Print.

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Stanley, Colin, ed. Around the Outsider:: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. unknown, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This book, which collects 20 essays by academics, authors and other key commentators internationally, is edited by Wilson bibliographer and scholar Colin Stanley. Contributors from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand have written on their favourite Wilson book, or one which has special significance for them. The outcome is a diverse and indispensable assessment of Wilson’s writings on philosophy, psychology, literature, criminology, the occult and autobiography over more than 50 years, with critical appraisals of four of his most thought-provoking novels. The line-up includes three professors, Thomas Bertonneau (literature), Stephen Clark (philosophy) and Stanley Krippner (psychology), the author and critic Nicholas Tredell, the author and former editor of the literary magazine 'Abraxas', Paul Newman, the author Gary Lachman and Steve Taylor, a lecturer and researcher in transpersonal psychology. Other contributing authors include Simon Brighton, Antoni Diller, Chris Nelson, David Power and journalist Geoff Ward, who established and runs the Colin Wilson World website. The novelist Laura Del Rivo, a contemporary of Wilson, contributes an appendix, as does writer and poet Vaughan Robertson, and author Terry Welbourn with a personal appreciation of Wilson and T C Lethbridge, the archaeologist and psychic investigator. Murray Ewing, of the David Lindsay website at violetapple.org.uk, Philip Coulthard of colinwilsononline.com, and George Poulos complete the list.

Stanley, Colin. The Colin Wilson Bibliography 1956-2010. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

This is the third edition of Colin Stanley’s 'The Work of Colin Wilson: an annotated bibliography and guide', and references details of: (a) All 180 published books by the author. (b) 591 of his published articles. (c) Over 160 Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords. (d) 332 book reviews. (e) Over 350 books and articles about his work. (f) 1500 reviews of his books. (g) His television and radio appearances. Published to coincide with the author’s 80th birthday, this comprehensive, annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources has been fully revised and updated, incorporating an author chronology and an exhaustive index. Aimed at scholars, collectors and fans worldwide it also includes details of non-English translations of Wilson’s work.

Diller, Antoni. Stuart Holroyd:: Years of Anger and Beyond. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Stuart Holroyd [1933- ] came to prominence in 1957 when his first book 'Emergence From Chaos' propelled him onto the ‘Angry Young Men’ bandwagon, alongside his friends Colin Wilson and Bill Hopkins. 'Flight and Pursuit' followed in 1959 since when he has pursued a career as a language teacher, occasionally publishing books on a variety of subjects including the paranormal, Gnosticism and the philosophy of Krishnamurti. His memoir of the 1950s 'Contraries: a personal progression' appeared in 1975. The two main sections of Antoni Diller’s essay were originally written as self-contained articles. The first section, “Becoming Angry”, focuses on the 1950s, a crucial period in Holroyd’s life. The second, “Expanding Horizons”, relates the major events in Holroyd’s life from 1960 to the present. The appendix, “Notes and Sources”, explains the origins of the information contained in this study and provides biblio-graphical references for the published material that Diller has made use of. A bibliography of Holroyd’s writings completes this exploration of an unjustly neglected thinker.

Campion, Sidney. The Sound Barrier:: A Study of the Ideas of Colin Wilson. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Print.

Recommended by Colin Stanley

Originally written in 1963 as a sequel to 'The World of Colin Wilson', Sidney R. Campion’s assessment of the early work of Colin Wilson—including much of the ‘Outsider Cycle’ and the accompanying novels—failed to find a publisher at the time, despite being amended by Wilson and enhanced by quotations from his journals. Eventually abandoned and forgotten for over 40 years, Wilson scholars will see the publication of 'The Sound Barrier' as an invaluable addition to Colin Wilson studies concentrating, as it does, on that particularly fruitful and important stage in the author’s career.

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Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism: A Guide for Students. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2014. Print.

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Stanley, Colin. Colin Wilson’s ’Occult Trilogy’: A Guide for Students. Arlesford, Hants: Axis Mundi Books, 2013. Print.

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Lachman, Gary. Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. New York: TarcherPerigee, 2016. Print.

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Stanley, Colin. An Evolutionary Leap: Colin Wilson on Psychology. London: Karnac Books, 2016. Print.

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Stanley, Colin, ed. The Writing of Colin Wilson’s ’Adrift in Soho’: Including Charles Russell’s ’The Other Side of Town’. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2016. Print.

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Tredell, Nicolas. Novels to Some Purpose: The Fiction of Colin Wilson. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2015. Print.

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Appignanesi, Richard.“Richard Appignanesi and Colin Wilson: Existentialism Today.” Icon Review (2002): n. pag. Print.

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An important online interview between Wilson and the author of Introducing Existentialism, Richard Appignanesi.

Mishlove, Jeffrey.“The High and the Low With Colin Wilson.” Thinking Allowed Productions (1998): n. pag. Print.

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An important interview.

Coniam, Matthew.“The Forgotten Existentialist.” Philosophy Now (2001): n. pag. Print.

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Gerard, Jasper.“Still an Angry Man, Always an Outsider.” Sunday Times (2004): n. pag. Print.

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Jackson, Kevin.“Out of His Mind: The Strange Days and Dark Nights of Colin Wilson.” Arena (1993): n. pag. Print.

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Labossière, Camille R.“Marcel Aymé and Colin Wilson on the Bourgeois, the Outlaw, and Poetry.” The Dalhousie Review 61 (1981): n. pag. Print.

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Lachman, Gary.“Romanticism, Optimism and Consciousness: A Conversation With Colin Wilson.” The Quest 9 (1996): n. pag. Print.

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Oates, Joyce Carol.“Conversation With Colin Wilson.” Ontario Review 4 (1976): n. pag. Print.

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Saint-Pierre, Gaston.“Crisis, a Step up in Consciousness: An Interview With Colin Wilson.” Metamorphosis (1990): n. pag. Print.

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