The Strange Life of P.D.Ouspensky

By (author) Colin Wilson

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : December 2005
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 143
  • Size : 138mm(w) x 218mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 24554
  • ISBN 13 : 9781904658252
  • ISBN 10 : 1904658253
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An elucidating biography of one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century 

Pyotr Demianovich Ouspensky was a complex and romantic soul.

A promising young intellectual in Tsarist Russia, he won recognition as a novelist and philosopher, yet descended into self-chosen obscurity as a teacher of 'the Work', the system of his great contemporary Gurdjieff.

Today, it is as Gurdjieff's chief disciple that he is remembered, yet Colin Wilson argues convincingly that he is to be considered a major writer and man of genius in his own right.

A nostalgic melancholy Russian, on of Ouspensky's deepest instincts was that man can find his own salvation, yet towards the end of his turbulent life he lost faith in the System and drank himself to death.

With sympathy and admiration, Colin Wilson throws new light on this gentle man and deep thinker.

About the author

By (author) Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson was born in the East Midlands city of Leicester in 1931. After the phenomenal success of his first book The Outsider in 1956, he moved to Cornwall where he pursued a successful career as a writer, producing over 150 titles in fifty-five years. Essentially an existential philosopher, he has also written on crime, psychology, sex, the occult, literature, music, unexplained phenomena, history, pre-history, and over twenty novels in various genres. He died in December 2013.

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