Robert Anton Wilson

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Robert Anton Wilson speaking at Phenomicon in 1991
BornRobert Edward Wilson
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJanuary 11, 2007 (Age 74)
Capitola, California
SpouseArlen Riley

Robert Anton Wilson was an American author, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, and self-described 'agnostic mystic'. He wrote 35 books and over 1,500 published articles. He coauthored, with Robert Shea, the underground classic The Illuminatus Trilogy, which won the 1986 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.

Wilson described his work as an "attempt to break down conditioned associations, to look at the world in a new way, with many models recognized as models or maps, and no one model elevated to the truth".[1] His goal was "to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone but agnosticism about everything."[2]


  1. Patricia Monaghan: "Robert Anton Wilson". Booklist, May 15, 1999 v. 95 i. 18 p. 1680
  2. "Robert Anton Wilson". Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2007. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2007