The International

An archive of The International, a literary magazine which included essays, poetry, plays and libri by Aleister Crowley and works by other authors.

The International was a literary and arts journal founded by George Sylvester Viereck, published in New York between WWI and WWII. For a number of years during the period of silence between The Equinox Volume I and Volume III, Aleister Crowley was a contributing editor for this journal and many essays, poems and plays appeared under various names (including Baphomet and The Master Therion) authored by him. For example, the first publication of the Gnostic Mass, which became Liber XV, appeared in this journal. Also, several of Crowley’s Simon Iff stories appeared in the pages of The International, under the pseudonym Edward Kelly.

 

 

Vol Issue Date  
XI 10 October, 1917

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Contents Author Page

Glints of an October Opal

289

(edition and copyright statement)

289

A Word to Our Friends

290

Cocaine

Aleister Crowley

291

In the Red Room of Rose Croix

294

The Scrutines of Simon Iff. No. 2. The Artistic Temperament

Edward Kelly

295

A Perfect Pianissimo

Aleister Crowley

301

The Revival of Magick

The Master Therion

302

An African Love Song

Charles Beadle

304

The Discovery of Gneugh-Ioughrck

305

Absinthe

Jeanne la Goulue

306

Last Night

Faith Baldwin

306

Groans From the Padded Cell

307

Love is One

309

The Argument That Took the Wrong Turning

309

The Burning of Melcarth

Mark Wells

310

Confessions of a Barbarian

George Sylvester Viereck

313

The Spirit of the Strong

Aleister Crowley

315

Two Prose Poems

Helen Woljieska

316

Quelque Chose (Some Shows)

317

The Gate of Knowledge

318

The Ouija Board

The Master Therion

319

War Poetry

Enid Parsons

319

The International Forum

320

XI 11 November, 1917

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Contents Author Page

The Editor Boosts the Next Number

321

(edition and copyright statement)

321

Humanity First

Aleister Crowley

322

The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 3. Outside the Bank’s Routine

Edward Kelly

323

Sekhet

Adam D'as

331

The Revival of Magick

The Master Therion

332

Flowers

Ernest MCGaffey

333

Hymn

Charles Baudelaire

333

The Hearth

Mark Wells

334

Pan

Vincent Starrett

338

Ireland

Faith Baldwin

338

The Rake's Progress

(A.C.)

339

The Philosophy of Militarism

George Sylvester Viereck

340

Shakespeare: Rebel, Aristocrat and Pessimist

Louis U. Wilkinson

343

How Horoscopes Are Faked

Cor Scorpionis

345

An Altered Circumstance

Alexander Harvey

346

The Professor and the Plutocrat

S. J. Mill

348

A Comedy of Disillusion

Joseph B. Rethy

349

Drama

350

Music

350

The Gate of Knowledge

351

Songs of Manhattan

Morris A. Beer

351

XI 12 December, 1917

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Contents Author Page

Forecast for the Month of January

353

We Stand Above

Aleister Crowley

354

The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 4. The Conduct of John Briggs

Edward Kelly

355

NQO

Charles Beadle

361

Concerning Death

Baphomet

365

Pax Hominibus Bonae Voluntatis

A. C.

366

The Box of Counters

Hans Heinz Ewers

368

A Septennial

Aleister Crowley

376

Inspired Bureaucracy

George Sylvester Viereck

377

Art and Clairvoyance

J. Turner

379

Barnard's Lincoln Unvisited

379

A Riddle

Aleister Crowley

379

The Plaint of Eve

George Sylvester Viereck

380

Auguste Rodin

381

Music for the Month

“Haute Boy”

381

Drama As She Is Played

382

The Gate of Knowledge

383-384

The International Forum

383-384

War Poetry

384

Portrait of a Jackal

George Sylvester Viereck

384

XII 1 January, 1918

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Contents Author Page

February Fill-dykes

1

England Speaks

Aleister Crowley

2

The Scrutines of Simon Iff. No. 5. Not Good Enough

Edward Kelly

2

Dawn

9

A Poetry Society in Madagascar

9

The Heart of Holy Russia

Aleister Crowley

10

Love Lies Bleeding

14

The Morals of Europe

George Sylvester Viereck

15

The Conversion of Austin Harrison — Editorial

17

The Bath

Clytie Hazel Kearney

18

The God of Ibreez

Mark Wells

19

Finalism

George Raffalovich

24

The Message of the Master Therion

26

The Law of Liberty

27

Geomancy

29

Troth

Heinrich Heine

29

A Glimpse Into the Theatres

30

Music of the Month

31

The Gate of Knowledge

32

A Worn Rose

Lola Ridge

32

XII 2 February, 1918

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Contents Author Page

Judging the March Hare

33

Wanted — Moderate Men

Aleister Crowley

34

The Scrutinies of Simon Iff. No. 6. Ineligible

Edward Kelly

35

Costly Pillows

Kondrad Bercovici

40

De Thaumaturgia. Concerning the Working of Wonders

The Master Therion

41

The Mass of Saint Secaire. Translated by Mark Wells

Barbey de Rochechouart

42

Poem

Aleister Crowley

46

To-day

David Rosenthal

46

Absinthe — The Green Goddess

Aleister Crowley

47

At the Feet of Our Lady of Darkness. Translated by Aleister Crowley

Izeh Kranil

51

The Priestess of the Graal

52

The Third Libery Loan

53

Love and Laughter

55

Withe the Armies in Mittel-Europa. Translated by Helen Woljeska

By Various Authors

56

Colors of the Japanese Houses of Sleep

Yone Noguchi

58

Adam and Eve

George Sylvester Viereck

60

Four Poems

Aleister Crowley

62

A Glimpse Into the Theatres

63

To a Sparrow

Sasaki Shigetz

63

Emptry Nests

Sasaki Shigetz

63

Music of the Month

64

Book Reviews

64

XII 3 March, 1918

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Contents Author Page

April Showers of Amusement

65

(edition and copyright statement)

65

A Hymn for the American People

Aleister Crowley

66

Good Hunting (An Essay on the Nature of Comedy and Tragedy)

Baphomet

67

Ecclesiae Gnosticae Canon Missae

The Master Therion

70

The Saviour, a drama

Aleister Crowley

75

The Stirrup Cup, a paean

S. J. Alexander

82

Elder Eel, a sketch

Lord Bolsekine

83

Rococo, a dramatic vignette

Helen Woljeska

85

Francisku, a dramatic maasque

Helen Woljeska

85

Knight-Errant, a dramatic miniature

Aleister Crowley

85

The Gods, a mystery, from the Coptic of Iao Sabao

86

Love and Time, a lyric

John Roberts

87

The Bonds of Marriage, a romantic farce

Aleister Crowley

88

Windflowers of Asklepiades, epigrams, translated from the Greek

Ed. Storer

91

Lady Godiva, a comedy

Joseph Bernard Rethy

92

The Hippodrome Horror, a nightmare drama

Leila Waddell

94

The Rialto and the Drama

Joseph Bernard Rethy

95

Sappho on the Cliff, a tragic monologue

Faith Baldwin

96

XII 4 April, 1918

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Contents Author Page

To Our Readers

97

Atthis at Leukatas

Faith Baldwin

98

The King of the Wood

Mark Wells

99

Le Sacrament

Jeanne La Goulue

102

Robbing Miss Horniman

Aleister Crowley

103

The Suburbanite; and The Riddle

Helen Woljeska

106

The Old Man of the Peepul-tree

James Grahame

107

The Ideal Idol

Cyril Custance

110

The Call of the Sea

S. J. Alexander

111

Irritability

Dorothy Willis

112

Four Sonnets

Vincent Starrett

113

A Pard-like Spirit

Alexander Harvey

114

A Sonnet

A. Newman

117

Visions

Aleister Crowley

117

The Sage of Copenhagen

George Sylvester Viereck

118

A Doctor of Men

Charles Beadle

121

The Bath

David Rosenthal

121

Balance

David Rosenthal

121

Shinto

Shigetsu Sasaki

122

The Other Woman

Ida Alexander

124

The Scarabee

Aleister Crowley

125

The Tuscan Glory

M. B. Levick

126

You Are a Rose

David Rosenthal

126

The Drama — Eva Tanguay

Aleister Crowley

127

Music

Leila Waddell

128

XII 5 May, 1918

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Contents Author Page

Announcement [Our Policy]

129

Slaves of the Drug

Edwin Markham

130

Editorial

131

The Ragged Edge

Hamilton Craigie

132

In the Dusk of the Day

Maurice Relonde

136

Conventional Complacency

Lindley M. Keasbey

139

Jack Biddle from Nowhere

Ford Tarpley

141

Five Japanese Essays

Yone Noguchi

144

Alastair

Arcott

147

Illumuniation

Dorothy Willis

148

Foreigners

Tom Ransford

150

The Characteristic Gesture

Alexander Harvey

152

Intellectual Drama

George Sylvester Viereck

154

An Interview with Auer

Leila Bathurst

156

Some of the Latest and Best Books

158

 

 

Readings on other sites

Karl Germer’s list of Aleister Crowley’s contributions, under various names, to The International is online as Primary Sources at Thelema Lodge Calendar for October 1997 e.v. Below is a list of transcriptions from the pages of The International that appear from this list in the archives of the Thelema Lodge Calendar:

 

 

Books

Several of the works by Aleister Crowley from the pages of The International have subsequently been included in compilations, such as

 

 

 


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