Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley


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Dove Press/Weiser, 1970. First Edition. Stains and markings present on jacket, some foxing. Previous owner's name written neatly in top corner of front end paper, slight lean. A good copy of a highly collectable edition. 

'A reprint edition Crowley's famous novel dealing with the subject of heroin and cocaine addiction. This edition was a joint publishing venture between Samuel Weiser Publishing and the Dove Press, with which Kenneth Anger was associated. The dustjacket spine bears the name of both publishers, and the Dove Press logo, the title page has just the Dove Press imprint and logo.

First published in 1922, this was Crowley’s first published novel, and is also reportedly the earliest known reference to the Abbey of Thelema in Sicily. The story is widely thought to be based upon Crowley’s own experiences, despite being written as a fiction. This seems almost conclusively confirmed by Crowley’s statement in the novel’s preface: “This is a true story. It has been rewritten only so far as was necessary to conceal personalities.” Crowley’s own recreational drug use and also his personal struggle with drug addiction, particularly heroin, is well documented.

Crowley explains the use of the Will, found in some of his magical works, in attempting to combat his drug problem. Considered by some his best-written work, reveals the amazing highs and the complete ruin that can follow.'

Category Magic & Occultism