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Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist Hardcover – 19 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Attractor; First Edition edition (19 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907222014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907222016
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ive always been fascinated by Spare's work and this book really does it justice.A fantastically well produced book.I have just got it and it is marvellous.Stuff about Spare has always come from Kenneth Grant but here we get a much more balenced, objective view of a forgotten artist.The preface by Alan Moore is very perceptive too.Its books like this that make you appreciate the industry that goes into a real book as opposed to an 'electronic device'.It is stunning.The writing is excellant too,I must add.Some comic touches and details of an obscure man's life.An excellant biography in all respects.
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beautiful- just so beautiful- spare has returned and i am vibrating with happiness- it is a book of great quality- thank you so much phil and mark- very happy with the special edition- very very happy indeed - strange attractor press produce books of fabulous design and quality- this is the best yet-the special edition is printed on very high quality paper and the binding and production is stunning. On an initial foray into the text it appears comprehensive and illuminating and I am sure will become a standard text we turn to for information and understanding on this great artists magical and esoterik paintings- fabulous work strange attractor
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As already mentioned in reviews, this is a booklovers dream, for the production alone - it looks and smells and feels like a quality read. And it is of course, with such a fascinating subject to work with. Interesting, informative, magical and naughty.
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An exceptionally good biography and a must-read for anyone interested in AOS. Alan Moore's introduction is also highly entertaining. I've enjoyed Baker's biographies over the years and this is a fine addition.
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Fabulous book, best I've read so far, and I've read 'em all... - lots of little witchy bits that the other books on this man don't have -- and puts Kenneth Grant and his wife into a proper context in regard to their association with Spare. No need to say any more here -- just buy it if AOS is your thing.
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There used to be a painting in the Atlantis Bookshop, Museum Street, London. I didn't pay it much attention at the time, late 1970s, but did find it creepy. I now know it to be a portrait of AOS in his chin-in-hand pose and reading this biography has filled in the details of that strange image.

With the passage of time, all the old characters of British occultism appear in a new perspective, for better or worse. Crowley continues to predominate with recent biographies promising new information from original sources (Tobias Churton's tome for one) and those wondering as to Crowley's real character might consider the comments of those who actually met him. Spare was one such and a character in his own right albeit less well known. His relative obscurity was largely his own doing, forsaking a career as a Royal Academy artist for the slums of south London. One is still left asking 'why' or 'how' though this marvellous book gives the background, by turns entertaining, intriguing and tragic.

I agree totally with the praise this book has received from other reviewers, both for it's content and it's production quality. This is how books should be, something electronic readers will never approach.
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Definitely the best biography out there. The author's feet are firmly planted on the ground, unlike most writers of the occult. Or as he puts it 'occulted' by Grant. After reading Zos Speaks, it does appear that way. Recommended.
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