was brought up in Leicester, and left school at sixteen. The Outsider (1956) describes the sense of alienation of the man of genius, using a mixture of texts, from Barbusse, Camus, Sartre, T. E. Lawrence, Hesse, etc. and did much to popularize a version of existentialism in Britain. It earned him the label of Angry Young Man. Wilson has since written many works on mysticism, existentialism, the occult, etc., and published many novels in various genres.