From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth): Azoth misc Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 22:16:59 -0500 From Jason Ingram: You're right on the money. I borrowed these books from the library (together with Frances Yates's -Theater of the World-) because of the year of researching Crowley I have done with Michael (mantis). But I had read "in" (as Pierce would say) Gershom Scholem's -The Kabbalah-; it is a favorite of Harold Bloom, who is to a degree my guru. Our anthology of essays on Crowley (not just by us but by many others--Bloom introduces it) will come out in April, and had we known you were a devote, we might have pressed you into service to write something. I was turned onto them by a very interesting Crowley essay (which is in our book) by James Hynes, which you can read at http://bostonreview.mit.edu/BR25.6/hynes.html. -alga > Those titles sound interesting. I've been researching related topics > (which are more pertinent to John Crowley, but still relevant to > Wolfe), and fictional accounts should help to sustain interest. > > One more tangent: > > The Abyss also can refer to a barrier between lower and higher Sefiroth, > around a 'secret sefira' called Daleth. Serious Kabbalist scholars such > as Gershom Scholem tend to denigrate the vision of the Kabbalah > developed within Western magical traditions, the source of that use of > "the abyss." However, it might relate to Yourcenar's approach. > > Sepia > > On Tuesday, February 12, 2002, at 08:30 AM, Alice K. Turner wrote: > > > Thank you for this--it is particularly interesting to me as I have just > > finished reading THE ABYSS, by Margaret Yourcenar, an account of a > > fictional > > 16th c. intellectual/astrologer/philosopher named Zeno, who is clearly > > based > > on Paracelsus. I had mildly wondered why the book had that title--it > > might > > have been explained somewhere but if so it went right by me. I have also > > recently read THE CHYMICAL WEDDING, by Lindsay Clarke. which is very > > much up > > the same path (though a contemporary novel). so a post like this is a > > real > > pleasure. > > > > -alga > > > -- > --