The Outsider

The Outsider by Colin Wilson is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Colin Wilson The Outsider

“When Colin Wilson was 24, The Outsider electrified eminent critics, many of whom envied this grasp of criticism and comparison. Ranging through the lives of writings of Bernard Shaw, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, William Blake, Hermann Hesse, van Gogh, T. E. Lawrence, Nijinsky, Sarte, T. S. Eliot, Kafka, and many others, he defined numerous very modern dilemmas in the character of ‘The Outsider,’ who, in his alienation and introversion, ‘stands for Truth.’ Republished with a new Postscript by the author, this book is essential for everyone who shares Wilson’s conviction that ‘a new religion is needed.'” — back cover