Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson

Beyond the Robot The Life and Work of Colin Wilson Historian Gary Lachman delivers a fascinating rollicking biography of literary and cultural rebel Colin Wilson one of the most adventurous hopeful and least understood intellects of the past centu

  • Title: Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson
  • Author: Gary Lachman
  • ISBN: 9780399173080
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Historian Gary Lachman delivers a fascinating, rollicking biography of literary and cultural rebel Colin Wilson, one of the most adventurous, hopeful, and least understood intellects of the past century.You will embark on the intellectual ride of a lifetime in this rediscovery of the life and work of writer, rebel, and social experimenter Colin Wilson 1931 2013.Author ofHistorian Gary Lachman delivers a fascinating, rollicking biography of literary and cultural rebel Colin Wilson, one of the most adventurous, hopeful, and least understood intellects of the past century.You will embark on the intellectual ride of a lifetime in this rediscovery of the life and work of writer, rebel, and social experimenter Colin Wilson 1931 2013.Author of the classic The Outsider, Wilson, across his 118 books, purveyed a philosophy of mind power and human potential that made him one of the least understood and most important voices of the twentieth century Wilson helped usher in the cultural revolution of the 1960s with his landmark work, The Outsider, published in 1956 The Outsider was an intelligent, meticulous, and unprecedented study of nonconformity in all facets of life Wilson, finally, became a prolific and unparalleled historian of the occult, providing a generation of readers with a responsible and scholarly entry point to a world of mysteries Now, acclaimed historian Gary Lachman, a friend of Wilson and a scholar of his work, provides an extraordinary and delightful biography that delves into the life, thought, and evolution of one of the greatest intellectual rebels and underrated visionaries of the twentieth century.

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    1. In Gary Lachman’s new biography Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson (2016), readers are treated to a sort of bildungsroman – the story of an individual’s spiritual and intellectual development – of the philosopher Colin Wilson. An English, Leicester-born and working-class ‘home grown existentialist’, whose jolting rise to fame with his 1956 The Outsider suffered an unfortunate and undeserved backlash with his second book Religion and the Rebel (1957). For the next 50 [...]

    2. I can't remember exactly when I discovered Colin Wilson or which one of his works I read first. It could have been "The Misfits" or "The Books in my Life." It certainly wasn't his most famous work, "The Outsiders."Regardless of the details, I just remember being blown away by the depth and extent of Mr. Wilson's knowledge, and even more bowled over by the fact that he was such an irrepressibly positive human being. It wasn't just a matter of his disposition, either. The joy that suffused his wor [...]

    3. Excellent, highly-readable overview of Colin Wilson's "life and work". His theories about consciousness are overdue for fresh examination; this is a great start.

    4. n my reflections about Colin Wilson written at the time I learned of his death in 2013, I remarked on the extent of Wilson’s publications and how I wished that someone would make a compendium of his work, sorting out what I referred to as “the junk” it included. (A description that I now regret.) When I reviewed Gary Lachman’s The Secret History of Consciousness, I described how both Lachman and I had encountered and appreciated the works of Colin Wilson, and I how believed the Lachman w [...]

    5. I've only read one of Wilson's books (G.I. Gurdjieff: The War Against Sleep), and that was many years ago. Having learnt more about Wilson since then, I'm not motivated to familiarize myself with his other publications. Substantial criticisms of Wilson have been made by others with far stronger claims to competence in this area. A good summary has been published in a recent blog post by independent writer, Kevin R. D. Shepherd, who has been writing critically about Wilson, and related figures, s [...]

    6. Another enlightening read from Gary Lachman. I was curious about Wilson from references to him in Lachman's earlier Secret Teachers of the Western World, and wondered why he merited a biography from Lachman, who bios of Jung, Crowley, and Steiner, as well as other works on other esoterica, I've enjoyed. It has been an immensely enjoyable experience to discover the work, the thought, and writing of Colin Wilson. I suppose the best thing you can say about a biography is that it brings its subject [...]

    7. A fantastic introduction to the work of Wilson, one, I'm sure, that will help to introduce his work to many more future fans. As a fairly new reader of Colin Wilson's work myself (a year or two), this was a really concise overview of the 100+ books and ideas covered within. I'm very much looking forward to reading them all!

    8. Beyond the Robot was a profoundly disappointing read. By the end of this overly long book, the reader comes away not understanding Colin Wilson any better than when they began. There are a series of occlusions left unanswered because Lachman considers Wilson to be a mentor and a friend. As a result, what should have been a biographically rich life is left little more than a series of dissatisfying blurbsis happened; then this; then this, with no depth or psychological insight. Most of the book i [...]

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