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His father worked in a shoe factory.
By the age of 14 he had compiled a multi-volume work of essays covering many aspects of science entitled A Manual of General Science.
But by the time he left school at sixteen, his interests were already switching to literature. He started to write stories, plays, and essays in earnest — a long "sequel" to Man and Superman made him consider himself to be 'Shaw's natural successor. In the autumn ofhe was drafted into the Royal Air Force but soon found himself clashing with authority, eventually feigning homosexuality in order to be dismissed.
Upon leaving he took up a succession of menial jobs, spent some time wandering around Europe, and finally returned to Leicester in There he married his first wife, Dorothy Betty Troop, and moved to London, where a son was born.
But the marriage rapidly disintegrated as he drifted in and out of several jobs. During this traumatic period, Wilson was continually working and reworking the novel that was eventually published as Ritual in the Dark Returning to Leicester again, he met Joy Stewart — later to become his second wife and mother of their three children — who accompanied him to London.
There he continued to work on Ritual in the Dark, receiving some advice from Angus Wilson no relation — then deputy superintendent of the British Museum's Reading Room — and slept rough in a sleeping bag on Hampstead Heath to save money. He described his feelings as follows: It struck me that I was in the position of so many of my favourite characters in fiction: It was not a position I relished.
Yet an inner compulsion had forced me into this position of isolation. I began writing about it in my journal, trying to pin it down. And then, quite suddenly, I saw that I had the makings of a book. I turned to the back of my journal and wrote at the head of the page: The book became a best-seller and helped popularise existentialism in Britain.
The back cover of the paperback edition reads: Through the works of various artists Wilson explored the psyche of the Outsider, his effect on society and society's on him. Nothing has happened in the past four decades that has made The Outsider any less relevant Non-fiction writing[ edit ] Wilson became associated with the " angry young men " of British literature.
He contributed to Declarationan anthology of manifestos by writers associated with the movement, and was also anthologised in a popular paperback sampler, Protest: While "The Outsider" was focused on documenting the subject of mental strain and near-insanity, Religion and the Rebel was focused on how to expand our consciousness and transform us into visionaries.
Time magazine published a review, headlined "Scrambled Egghead", that pilloried the book. These books were summarised by Introduction to the New Existentialism When the book was re-printed in as The New Existentialism, Wilson wrote: I am willing to stand or fall by it.
It was this theory that encouraged celebrated American psychologist Abraham Maslow to contact him in The two corresponded regularly and met on several occasions before Maslow's death in Wilson wrote a biography and assessment of Maslow's work, New Pathways in Psychology: Maslow and the Post-Freudian Revolution, based on audiotapes that Maslow had provided, which was published in Maslow's observation of "peak experiences" in his students — those sudden moments of overwhelming happiness that we all experience from time to time — provided Wilson with an important clue in his search for the mechanism that might control the Outsider's "moments of vision".
Maslow, however, was convinced that peak experiences could not be induced; Colin Wilson thought otherwise and, indeed, in later books like Access to Inner Worlds and Super Consciousnesssuggested how they could be induced at will.
Wilson was also known for what he termed "Existential Criticism", which suggested that a work of art should not just be judged by the principles of literary criticism or theory alone but also by what it has to say, in particular about the meaning and purpose of existence.
In his pioneering essay for Chicago Review Volume 13, no. No art can be judged by purely aesthetic standards, although a painting or a piece of music may appear to give a purely aesthetic pleasure.
Aesthetic enjoyment is an intensification of the vital response, and this response forms the basis of all value judgements. The existentialist contends that all values are connected with the problems of human existence, the stature of man, the purpose of life.
These values are inherent in all works of art, in addition to their aesthetic values, and are closely connected with them. He went on to write several more essays and books on the subject. Some of these were gathered together in a book entitled Existential Criticism: By the late s Wilson had become increasingly interested in metaphysical and occult themes.An intelligent satire on writing screenplays, pitting inspired work against Hollywood cookie-cutter and commercial pressures.
The uptight, tormented Barton is whisked away to Hollywood to write a pointless b-movie after his plays become a success, and he finds himself in . A description of tropes appearing in Monster.
In , life was good for Japanese neurosurgeon Kenzo Tenma. He was an accomplished doctor living in West . A PI is hired by a mysterious character to track down someone who disappeared. This person, he's told, is needed to 'settle a debt'.
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In , life was good for Japanese neurosurgeon Kenzo Tenma. He was an accomplished doctor living in West Germany, had the favors of the hospital director, a hot fiancee (daughter of the same director), and a promising future.
Colin Henry Wilson (26 June – 5 December ) was an English writer, philosopher and novelist. He also wrote widely on true crime, mysticism and the paranormal, eventually writing more than a hundred books.
Wilson called his philosophy "new existentialism" or "phenomenological existentialism", and maintained his life work was "that of a philosopher, and (his) purpose to create a new.