Colin Wilson





Colin Wilson


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

Died
December 05, 2013

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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.

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Average rating: 3.95 · 26,479 ratings · 1,843 reviews · 416 distinct works · Similar authors
The Outsider

4.06 avg rating — 2,580 ratings — published 1956 — 30 editions
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The Occult

3.91 avg rating — 1,326 ratings — published 1971 — 24 editions
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The Mind Parasites

3.77 avg rating — 981 ratings — published 1967 — 21 editions
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The Philosopher's Stone

3.97 avg rating — 433 ratings — published 1969 — 15 editions
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A Criminal History of Mankind

3.90 avg rating — 471 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
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Mysteries

4.08 avg rating — 358 ratings — published 1978 — 12 editions
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The Space Vampires

3.38 avg rating — 498 ratings — published 1976 — 23 editions
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From Atlantis to the Sphinx

3.80 avg rating — 348 ratings — published 1996 — 13 editions
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The Tower

3.94 avg rating — 382 ratings — published 1987 — 10 editions
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The Mammoth Book of True Crime

3.76 avg rating — 266 ratings — published 1988 — 4 editions
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“Life itself is an exile. The way home is not the way back.”
Colin Wilson

“The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.”
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“I've always believed that a writer has got to remain an outsider.”
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