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The New Parsifal, A Study of Wilhelm II

   

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Type of Media:

Periodical.

 

Name:

The Open Court.

 

Issue:

Volume XXIX (No. 8).

 

Date:

August 1915.

 

Publisher:

The Open Court Publishing Company. 

 

Published At:

Chicago.

 

Pages:

Pages 499-502.

 

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10 cents/sixpence. 

 

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A version of this text was originally published in the 20 August 1915 issue of The Continental Times 

 

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A New Parsifal; Continental Times; Berlin: Volume 22, Number 22); 20 August 1915.

 

  

 

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Crowley:

     But the German propaganda was being done as well as the British propaganda ill. With a little moral ascendancy over Viereck, I could spoil his game completely by doing as much mischief to Germany as the Patriot Bottomley and the other hoarse-throated fishwives of Fleet Street were doing to England. I met with more success than I had hoped.

     Münsterberg was not Argus. I think moreover that folly is contagious. He could hardly keep his young men in hand, especially when apparent victory turned their heads. I found some of them incredibly silly. I had always know Paul Carus for an ass since he published The Gospel of Buddah, but I had no idea that he was such an ass! In The Open Court he published a fancy portrait from my pen of Bloody Bill as Parsifal! Poor old earnest Christian Endeavour Wilhelm, with his megalomania and his theatricalism and his fat-witted Lutheran Gott and his withered hand and his moving-picture-star galaxy of uniforms as the up-to-date Messiah! What a model for "King Arthur come again", to give the heathen Schrecklichkeit!

     I must have been beautifully drunk to write that. I don't remember anything about itbut I must have been much more than drunk when I sent it to Paul Carus. I suppose I had become acclimatized to the idea that all serious and eminent people are perfectly brainless. He swallowed it, hook, line and sinker; and a poor little bookseller in London who had been agent for the paper for years, and had never read a line of it, got three months in prison! The truth is that the British lost all sense of humour when the war broke out. I wonder how many millions in blood and treasure it cost us to "jowk" with such "deeficulty"!

     The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Pages 751-752.

 

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