By Gary Lachman
The occult used to be a very important effect at the Renaissance, and it obsessed the preferred thinkers of the day. yet with the Age of cause, occultism was once sidelined; purely charlatans stumbled on any use for it. Occult rules didn't disappear, even though, yet fairly went underground. It constructed right into a fruitful resource of suggestion for plenty of vital artists. Works of brilliance, occasionally even of genius, have been produced lower than its effect. In a gloomy Muse, Lachman discusses the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, the Romantic explosion, the futuristic occultism of the fin de siècle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist flow. a few of the writers and thinkers featured during this hidden heritage of western notion and sensibility are Emanuel Swedenborg, Charles Baudelaire, J. okay. Huysmans, August Strindberg, William Blake, Goethe, Madame Blavatsky, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and Malcolm Lowry.
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A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult by Gary Lachman