Aleister Crowley - Collected Works, Volume III, Part 3

Aleister Crowley - Collected Works, Volume III, Part 3

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The Collected Works basically gathered together most of Crowley's work that had been published to date. This was largely poetry and plays, although it did include Berashith, a magical essay first published in 1903, and a number of previously unpublished or especially revised pieces, including a lengthy "epilogue and dedication" entitled Eleusis. For obvious reasons it omitted altogether Crowley's "obscene" works: White Stains, Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden etc., although it did include The Sword of Song, which has an Appendix (Ambrosi Magi Hortus Rosarum) the initial letters of some of the hanging notes of which spelled out indecencies, some of which are still considered unprintable... For this reason the book was cited in the "Looking Glass" libel trial of 1911, as indicative of Crowley's immorality. Although the word "Collected" only appears on the upper wrapper of each volume, and not on the title page, the books are commonly referred to as "Collected Works."