“Robert Anton Wilson” from The Occult World Routledge, 2014 | Erik Davis – Academia.edu


Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007) born Robert Edward Wilson, was an American novelist, essayist, editor, playwright, and lecturer whose playful and prolific writings helped make him one of the most stimulating and influential popular thinkers in the ‘head’ or ‘freak’ currents of the American counterculture in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Wilson’s large, often digressive novels, including the seminal 1975 Illuminatus! trilogy written with Robert Shea, exploited the lore of conspiracy theories and occult secret societies to explore philosophical, political, and mystical themes with a satiric and willfully ‘pulp’ sensibility influenced by drug culture, American vernacular humor, modernist fiction, and the bawdy slapstick of underground comics.

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