Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist Hardcover – 19 Apr 2011
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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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It is very well written focusing on the whole life, artistic, love, personal - lacking a little of the occult aspect. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by Andras M. Nagy
This is a very well crafted and researched biography of a greatly talented and unique artist.Anyone who loves Spares work should love this book too, it puts the art in its context... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2012 by g v tiller
If like me you are hoping for a monograph full of Spare's paintings and drawings then this is not it. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2012 by rwm
This is an exquisite book about an extraordinary artist. It is one of the best books I've read in a very long time.Published on 5 Jan. 2012 by A. Richardson
I loved this new biography of AOS - really places Spare within his time, and Baker has a truly wonderful grasp of the man and his art. Read morePublished on 16 July 2011 by Roderigo