The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham, Horror, Classics, Literary
The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham, Horror, Classics, Literary
The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham, Horror, Classics, Literary
The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham, Horror, Classics, Literary

The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham, Horror, Classics, Literary

  • Publish Date: 2006-06-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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Though Aleister Crowley served, as I have said, as the model for Oliver Haddo, it is by no means a portrait of him. I made my character more striking in appearance, more sinister and more ruthless than Crowley ever was. I gave him magical powers that Crowley, though he claimed them, certainly never possessed. Crowley, however, recognized himself in the creature of my invention, for such it was, and wrote a full-page review of the novel in Vanity Fair, which he signed 'Oliver Haddo.' I did not read it, and wish now that I had. I daresay it was a pretty piece of vituperation, but probably, like his poems, intolerably verbose. -- W. Somerset Maugham

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