Colin Wilson: The Personality Surgeon (2032 words)


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The Personality Surgeon (1985), Colin Wilson’s fifteenth novel, gives an enlivening account of “[t]he sequence of events that transformed Dr Charles Peruzzi” – whose family, despite the Italian name, originated in the northern Pyrenees – “from an overworked general practitioner into one of the most remarkable medical discoverers of our time” (1). Surgeon charts Peruzzi’s discovery of “personality surgery”, which employs a digital paintbox – a very new form of technology in the early 1980s – to provide people with a positive self-image that will enable them to realize their full potential – if they want to. The novel is largely a third-person narrative with Peruzzi (usually called “Charlie”) as …

Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "The Personality Surgeon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2013 [, accessed 26 January 2021.]

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