Colin Wilson: Philosopher of Optimism
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Colin Wilson, 1956(Colin Wilson 1956)

 

 


28th May 1956: AN ANGRY YOUNG MAN PUBLISHES 'THE OUTSIDER'

In May 1956 the London newspapers and the Royal Court Theatre created a myth out of a generation of writers, calling them 'Angry Young Men'.

Within a few weeks of the opening of a play LOOK BACK IN ANGER by John Osborne another young working class writer, Colin Wilson, published a book called THE OUTSIDER. Hailed by the press as a genius, as England's answer to the French existentialist philosophers and writers, he was thrown in with Osborne as part of the new movement. To these were soon added writers like Alan Sillitoe, Kingsley Amis, Arnold Wesker, even Harold Pinter and Doris Lessing.

 


“Whether we agree with him or not, Colin Wilson has to be one of the most challenging and stimulating writers of the last half century.”

Gary Lachman


“Part of a long overdue reassessment.”

Dederrida (Amazon reviewer)

 

“The individual who has a sense of detachment from the norms of his or her society must not fall prey to cynicism or hero-worship, but instead use this sense of alienation as the starting point for values and myths of one’s own invention, the true ‘outsider’ of which Wilson speaks.”

John Morgan