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Such is the most widespread assessment of the nature of Aleister Crowley, an opinion now so entrenched in the popular imagination that in my opinion it would be pointless to try and counteract it. Crowley is now one of the folk heroes of the twentieth century, an antihero if you like and in my professional capacity as a publisher I find it fruitful to work with this image, for good or ill, rather than to try to work against it. This has brought me a measure of commercial success I find it easier to generate publicity for... More >>>
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Such is the most widespread assessment of the nature of Aleister Crowley, an opinion now so entrenched in the popular imagination that in my opinion it would be pointless to try and counteract it. Crowley is now one of the folk heroes of the twentieth century, an antihero if you like and in my professional capacity as a publisher I find it fruitful to work with this image, for good or ill, rather than to try to work against it. This has brought me a measure of commercial success I find it easier to generate publicity for our books with such a subject. The little quote I read out at the beginning is an example of this kind of work.

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"Anonymous" of course means "without a name" and is used when the author is not known--or sometimes, when a story develops out of an oral tradition over generations with possibly many storytellers contributing to and revising the tale before it is finally written down and becomes literature.

A notable amount of ancient and medieval literature is anonymous. This is not only due to the lack of documents from a period, but also due to an interpretation of the author's role that differs considerably from the romantic interpretation of the term in use today. Ancient and Medieval authors were often overawed by the classical writers and the Church Fathers and tended to re-tell and embellish stories they had heard or read rather than invent new stories. And even when they did, they often claimed to be handing down something from an auctor instead. From this point of view, the names of the individual authors seemed much less important, and therefore many important works were never attributed to any specific person.