A Collection of 6 Typed Letters, Signed, and one Autograph Letter, Signed, from Martin Booth to British Aleister Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper. Martin BOOTH, Aleister Crowley: related materials.

A Collection of 6 Typed Letters, Signed, and one Autograph Letter, Signed, from Martin Booth to British Aleister Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper.

NP, 1984 - 1985. A collection of six typed letters, signed, and one autograph letter signed, dated from 1984 - through 1985. Each written on the verso only of a sheet of 11.5 x 8.25 inch white quarto letterhead, with Booth's Somerset address printed at the top. Martin Booth (1944 – 2004), was a distinguished poet, novelist, and general man-of-letters who was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize. In the first letter Booth writes of his enthusiasm for Crowley's poetry (although he is at pains to express that he is not "a Crowley freak") and tells of his abortive early attempt to publish a selection of Crowley's poetry, and asks for Bishop-Culpeper's help in obtaining material for a fresh attempt at getting such a work into print. With Bishop-Culpeper's help Booth was successful, and the book later went to press as "Aleister Crowley: Selected Poems" (1986) which thus became the first selection of Aleister Crowley's poetry to be published by a mainstream modern publisher. The rest of the correspondence relates to the material Bishop-Culpeper supplied etc. Martin Booth (1944 – 2004), was a distinguished poet, novelist, and general man-of-letters who was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize. He later wrote one of the less successful biographies of Crowley: "A Magick Life. A Biography of Aleister Crowley," which was published in 2000. Also included is some printed ephemera relating to Booth's publications. From the library of English bibliophile and Aleister Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper. One letter has some notes by Bishop-Culpeper on the reverse. All in near-Fine condition. Item #63305

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