Colin Wilson





Colin Wilson

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born
in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, The United Kingdom
June 26, 1931

died
December 05, 2013

gender
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About this author

Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William James, T. E. Lawrence, Vaslav Nijinsky and Vincent Van Gogh and Wilson discusses his perception of Social alienation in their work. The book was a best seller and helped popularize existentialism in Britain. Critical praise though, was short-lived and Wilson was soon widely criticized.

Wilson's works after The
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Average rating: 3.96 · 20,033 ratings · 1,293 reviews · 327 distinct works · Similar authors
The Outsider
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The Mind Parasites
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The Philosopher's Stone
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 332 ratings — published 1969 — 13 editions
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Mysteries
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 297 ratings — published 1978 — 9 editions
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A Criminal History of Mankind
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The Space Vampires
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The Tower
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Ritual in the Dark
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 235 ratings — published 1960 — 10 editions
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From Atlantis to the Sphinx
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