Colin Wilson: Introduction to the New Existentialism (5110 words)


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Introduction to the New Existentialism is the seventh, and final, volume in Colin Wilson's Outsider Cycle*. It was published by Hutchinson & Co. in April 1966, and by Houghton Mifflin Co., a year later, in the U.S. In his Preface to the 1980 Wildwood House reprint (re-titled The New Existentialism) he explains: “I decided that it was a bit too much to expect my readers to read the [previous] six volumes of my “Outsider Sequence”, and that I would try and summarise its essence in one short volume. The result was... perhaps the best and clearest summary of my central ideas....” (8**)

And in the Preface to the original edition, he adds:

The purpose of this book is described …

Citation: Stanley, Colin. "Introduction to the New Existentialism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 January 2009 [, accessed 26 January 2021.]

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