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The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuburg Paperback – 1 Jan 1990


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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford; Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869928121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869928124
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,138,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Miss Overton Fuller's book is a wonderfully written and compelling portrait of a neglected and important writer who provided lyrics to music composed by Peter Warlock and nurtured the talents of Dylan Thomas. Hitherto obscured by the bogus mythology surrounding his associate Aleister Crowley, Victor Neuberg has been regrettably overlooked and in this book Jean Overton Fuller thankfully provides us with a real picture of a true poet-mystic in the great visionary tradition and a beguiling account of her own meeting and relations with him.This is more than just a dry biography, it is a living glimpse of the literary and occult bohemia of 30's London and unfolds a story of some considerable poignancy. A superb and unique book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. M. L. Packwood on 11 Oct. 2009
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I had heard about Victor Neuburg from a book by Richard Cavendish called the Black Arts. Neuburg was a magical assistant to Aleister Crowley and accompanied him into the desert to perform magical spells and rituals during Crowley's North African sojourn. This book by the recently departed Jean Overton Fuller, a prolific writer and former British Spy during the Second World War describes her early days in London as a young woman in the 1920s & 1930s and her deep love for Victor Neuburg and her shock at finding that he was formerly in a homosexual relationship with Aleister Crowley. Indeed Crowley was in fact the love of Victor Neuberg's life. Jean joins the the poetry society of Neuberg and his friends - called Zoists and gets to know the young Dylan Thomas who was also a member of the Zoists. She describes the friends of Victor Neuberg and his female companion Runia and the bohemian society they gathered around them. She particularly admires his poetry and his sensitivity and intellect. Later, after his death she spends much time and research in discovering the detailed relationship of Victor Neuburg to Aleister Crowley - and their combined passion for Magic. But more importantly what came between then and why did they part?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. P. Van-asten on 12 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
This excellent biography of Victor Benjamin Neuburg (1883-1940) is a heartfelt and humane study of a man. We find him at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1906 and his ventures in poetry lead to his first publication 'The Green Garland' (1908). He encounters the poet and occultist Aleister Crowley and enters his magical circle of friends. The young Victor must have felt flattered to have the attention and poetic encouragement from such a notorious and charismatic character as Crowley. In fact, he showed great promise as a poet and his second book 'The Triumph Of Pan' (1910) alludes to his spiritual development and hints at his feelings for his lover, the 'sweet wizard' - Aleister Crowley, who initiated Neuburg into his system of magick.
In 1909, Victor (Frater Omnia Vincam) underwent a Magical Retirement at Crowley's home, Boleskine House on the shore of Loch Ness in Scotland and suffered much hardship. The following year he danced for his 'master' in the 'Rites Of Eleusis', Crowley's staged performances of magical invocations; we also see Victor assisting Crowley with his work on The Equinox and in the Paris Working of 1914, where the two lovers invoked dark forces by the use of homosexual magic.
This is probably the greatest book we are likely to see on Neuburg and Jean Overton Fuller has done a first rate job! But it is a pity Victor never revealed the true intimate nature of his relationship with the Great Beast, for he must have truly admired and loved the man to be so damaged beyond repair when their magical partnership soured and it is said, Crowley ritually cursed him. And so Neuburg remained strangely silent on his association with Crowley - what really happened in the desert when they conjured the demon Choronzon?
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A look at a controversial subject -- the Crowley/Neuberg 'relationship' and well worth reading -- and refreshing to find views on Crowley that probably come nearer the truth than most of the material available on this man and his influence on other people - words such as 'fraud megalomaniac, delusional, vicious, etc' pepper this book and it shows that Crowley was actually afraid of someone -- the Baroness Cremers - who held Crowley in total scorn. It also gives good insight into Neuberg's personal complexities and shows him very much to have been one of Crowley's many victims -- a fact hinted at in other works and very much verified here. It also gives a taste of what the artistic and literary side of society was like in those days of genteel 'afternoon tea' ...
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By peggs1 on 18 July 2014
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a must for a different view on crowley
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