Colin Wilson's 'Occult Trilogy': A Guide for Students by Colin Stanley

By Colin Stanley

The 'Occult Trilogy' is the collective label utilized to Colin Wilson's 3 significant works at the occult: The Occult (1971); Mysteries: an research into the Occult, the magical and the Supernatural (1978) and past the Occult (1988). They amounted to a huge 1600 pages and feature spawned many different lesser works.

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16, 1971): 22. 16. Kirkus Reviews 39 (Sept. 1, 1971): 1005. 17. Life 71 (Dec. 31, 1971): 25. 18. Lima, Robert. Saturday Review of Literature 55 (Jan. 15, 1972): 48. 19. Needleman, Jacob. Commonweal 96 (Apr. 21, 1973): 173. 20. Oates, Joyce Carol. , 1973): 8-9. 21. Observer (Oct. 17, 1971): 33. 22. Publishers Weekly 200 (Sept. 27, 1971): 64. 23. Publishers Weekly 203 (Jan. 8, 1973): 66. 24. Rees, Gorownwy. , 1972): 56-58. 25. Blish, James “Eclectic Occultism” in Spectator 227 (Nov. 6, 1971): 654.

Lethbridge: “The only investigator of the twentieth century who has produced a comprehensive and convincing theory of the paranormal” (46), to a wider audience. According to Wilson, Lethbridge’s books fall into four groups: “…books on archaeology and primitive religion, and the books on pendulums and related matters. Legend of the Sons of God [1972] …about visitors from other worlds and the magnetic forces of the earth, belongs in a group on its own. ” (76) All of these aspects of Lethbridge’s work are considered in Part One of Mysteries.

1972): 56-58. 25. Blish, James “Eclectic Occultism” in Spectator 227 (Nov. 6, 1971): 654. 26. Stanford, Derek. Scotsman (Oct. 9, 1971): nk. 27. Parrinder, E. Geoffrey “What we need is Faculty X” in Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 26, 1971): 1471. 28. Walton, Alan Hull. ” Books & Bookmen 17 (Dec, 1971): 50-51. ) 29. Weigel, p. 124-126. 30. H. , 1975): 547-556. 31. Payne, Paddy. “An Eye to the Future” (Nov. 13, 1971): 10. 32. P. Putnam’s Sons in the US shortly afterwards. The Occult, a book of over 600 pages, Wilson’s first commissioned work, was so successful that the publishers requested a sequel.

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