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Phenomenology

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CW in “the world’s most unusual magazine”

There’s an excellent (2007) interview with Colin Wilson at New Dawn magazine, available here. Choice quote – “As a thinker I place Edmund Husserl and his phenomenology at the centre of my approach, and I point out that it was because of certain simple logical errors that Sartre, Camus and Heidegger end as pessimists. When … Continue reading

Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism – a review.

Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism [Colin Wilson Studies # 23] By Colin Stanley (Paupers’ Press, 2014) The third in the ‘guide for students’ series on Colin Wilson’s work and the 23rd instalment in the Colin Wilson Studies series sees Wilson’s bibliographer turning his attention to one of Wilson’s best inventions – Existential Literary Criticism. Existential … Continue reading

CW poem by Eric Nicholson

Here is a tribute to Colin by Eric Nicholson. See how many Wilson references you can spot! Book title autobiographical sketch with special reference to the titles and themes of Colin Wilson. Looking backward, how much of my life was a ritual in the dark? I cultivated the strength to dream but neglected my deeper … Continue reading

Adrift in Soho essay

Colin Stanley has an essay on Adrift in Soho at the London Fictions website. “Despite the ‘swinging sixties’, Wilson maintained this stance, against the use of drugs to induce higher states of consciousness, preferring more intellectually-based methods.”

Transhuman, all too Transhuman

Two books published in the Colin Wilson Studies series are very contemporary – yet the contents are four decades old. As a reader of Wilson since the last century, reading a ‘new’ book by him is an unusual experience now. Despite knowing that his uncollected or unpublished work is a rich seam, it’s an odd … Continue reading

Fortean Times CW obituary… with help from VIZ Comic

The latest issue of Fortean Times (FT310) has an excellent and lengthy (two full pages) obit by Gary Lachman which puts most of the attempts in the nationals to shame. Reading Wilson, Lachman concludes, “makes our inner gears a little bit stronger.” The letters page has a brilliant cartoon of CW from VIZ cartoonist Davey … Continue reading

Existential Literary Criticism – CW Studies # 23

The work goes on. Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism: a guide for students by Colin Stanley For nearly sixty years, throughout his career, Colin Wilson has championed existential criticism, asserting that a book should not just be judged by the tenets of literary criticism or theory alone but also on what it has to say, … Continue reading

Colin Henry Wilson 26 June 1931 – 5 December 2013.

By Vaughan Rapatahana Given that Colin was himself rather prone to sweeping generalizations, indeed could on occasion be accused of hyperbolic rushes, I do not think that it is an exaggeration for me to state quite simply that Wilson was one of the more important writers and thinkers of his generation and as such that … Continue reading

CW obituary – from The Independent (and many others)

Writer and philosopher whose work, beginning with ‘The Outsider’, searched for the meaning of man’s existence Colin Wilson was one of the most prolific and eclectic writers of the 20th century. In more than 150 books and countless articles and contributions to other works, published over 50 years, he covered subjects as diverse as existentialism, … Continue reading

X marks the treasure. A Colin Wilson appreciation – part one.

He changed my life. No irony, he really did. And I’d like to show my gratitude. When I read that Colin Wilson told Iris Murdoch that he wanted to live until he was 300, I seriously imagined that he would. Every year, a CW book or two (or more) would appear without fail, usually in … Continue reading

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