The name â€śAleister Crowleyâ€ť instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgencesâ€”and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than â€śthe Beast,â€ť as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowleyâ€™s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the worldâ€™s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of â€śthe black artsâ€ť; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of â€śDo what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,â€ť Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynskiâ€™s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.