Austin Osman Spare, Revised Edition: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist

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Strange Attractor Press
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5.8 X 8.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author
Phil Baker is a writer based in London. His books include The Devil Is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley and Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist (Strange Attractor), called by Alan Moore "little short of marvelous."
"Phil Baker's study is a first-rate performance, scrupulously researched, judicious and refreshingly sane... Spare comes to seem a strangely attractive figure: talented, stoical, randy, cantankerous, gentle and a magnificent English eccentric."
--The Literary Review

"[Told with] zest and insight... Ever determined to break down the barriers between reality and fantasy, Spare has finally achieved it--not by elaborate psychic exercises, but through biography."
--Matthew Sturgis, Times Literary Supplement

"I cannot recommend Austin Osman Spare too highly. Phil Baker has done a wonderful job of bringing the complexities and contradictions of Spare's life to the fore, and in making the London of Spare's time come to life vividly and richly."
--Phil Hine,

"Phil Baker's book is excellent; it's the one many Spare enthusiasts such as I had been waiting for."
--John Coulthart, London Society Journal

"So many of Spare's works look like sketches for a masterwork rather than the finished article. Perhaps the finished article was Spare's life itself, an extraordnary carnival of strange chacters and incidents, some of them semi-mythical. It is as good as a novel."
--Reggie Oliver, Wormwood