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Homage to Pan: The Life, Art and Sex Magick of Rosaleen Norton Paperback – November 30, 2009

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Nevill Drury is well known internationally for his publications on the Western magical tradition, shamanism and visionary art. His books have been released in 24 countries and published in 18 languages. His most recent publications include The Dictionary of Magic; The New Age: the History of a Movement; and Magic and Witchcraft: from Shamanism to the Technopagans.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Oneiros (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902197267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902197265
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NEVILL DRURY PhD is an independent historical researcher whose specialist interests include modern Western magic, shamanism, transpersonal psychology and visionary art. His most recent publications include The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Lynne Hume; Praeger, January 2013), Dark Spirits: The Magical Art of Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare (Salamander, 2012); Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic (Oxford University Press 2011); Homage to Pan (Creation Oneiros 2009), The Dictionary of Magic (Watkins 2005) and The New Age: the History of a Movement (Thames & Hudson 2004). He received his Ph.D from the University of Newcastle in 2008 for a dissertation on the visionary art and magical beliefs of Rosaleen Norton (awarded 'Best Humanities Ph.D'. in that year).

Born in England in 1947 but resident in Australia since 1963, Nevill has worked as an international art-book publisher, lecturer and magazine editor and is now a full-time writer. He is the author/co-author/editor of seventy books covering a range of subjects like contemporary art (Images in Contemporary Australian Painting, New Sculpture, Australian Painting Now, Fire and Shadow: Spirituality in Contemporary Australian Art), Aboriginal culture (Wisdom from the Earth), holistic health (The Healing Power, Inner Health) and the magical traditions (Dark Spirits; Stealing Fire from Heaven: Sacred Encounters; Homage to Pan, Inner Visions). He is also the author of a work of mythic fiction, The Shaman's Quest, which was described by Publisher's Weekly as a 'poetic' book that 'could become a classic'. His work has been published in 26 countries and 19 languages.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Louis Sherman on January 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
There is no question that Rosaleen Norton was a very talented artist in her own right. Her blend of Occult imagery with erotic personal discovery is more accessible than Austin Osman Spare and less abstract than Marjorie Cameron making her a great addition to anyone's interest in Occult Art. Her "Pop" style is a welcome change from the astute seriousness of other artists although never rivaling the intensity of these peers. This has been overshadowed perhaps by her dedication to some of Crowley's most sexual teachings and the subsequent scandals involving her in a very conservative time and country. To some extent this book plays into that as it tends to focus more on that which surrounded her rather than her artwork and some of the meanings that she attached to her art. However almost everything that she has said about her art has been included in the book. Mr. Drury has done a wonderful job on this text. His sympathy to his subject is second to none and it seems as though this has been in the works for almost 20 years. He has left no stone unturned in the process and almost every scrap of data on her from personal interviews, police records and newspaper archives to letters and manuscript notations seems to have been included. It's just that it is so spread out amongst the rumors and tabloid exposes that one is left having to piece her view together for themselves up until the end.

The book only really suffers in two places. There is about 100 pages devoted to Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant and Austin Osman Spare (God, if I read another sketchy profile of A.C. I'll explode!) which of course almost anyone that even hears the name of Rosaleen Norton is no doubt already intimately familiar with and for those that aren't they will figure it out on their own elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Lang on August 10, 2012
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Thanks to Mr Drury for this very nicely put together book of fascinating research and information on the late, great and exquisite Rosaleen Norton. For fans of Roie, whether for her art or her magick, this is a must.
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Yeah like the title says, great bio book with art sprinkled here and there. If your just looking for the art, go someplace else.
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