About Max Gorman

Born Karachi, India. Educated at Convent in the Himalayas, then Lawrence School, Mount Abu, and privately by a hermit in a ruin in the jungle near Delhi. Thence to Rugby (avoided game but became Head of Table Tennis due to unusual back-hand flick). Went to Oxford, mystic rather than academic, to read Poetry under guise of History.

Became wandering tutor to sons of owners of Scottish Castles and English mansions. Almost appointed tutor to Elizabeth Taylor (Burton intervened).

Returned to Oxford to ‘teach’ (one can only catch it) literature to young women and men. Took up post of Tutor in Environmental Ethics at the Extramural Department of the University.

Moved to the fair city of Brighton to work at the Friends Adult Education Centre as tutor in Mystical Studies and Early Christianity. Held Seminars in developmental philosophy at the University of Brighton, and the University of Sussex.

Books

Jesus the Sufi: Crucible Publishers

Looks at Jesus as a master of an ancient and continuing tradition, free-moving, spiritual rather than religious, aimed, at inner human development.

Lost Bearings in Philosophy

Identifies the unconscious limitations of the prevailing paradigm and. offers directions for a return to that search for wisdom which should be the very definition of philosophy.

‘Challenges current assumptions about the nature of philosophical endeavour … affirms the continuum between Romanticism end Mysticism.’
Kathleen Raine

Poetry

Max Gorman’s collection ‘Poems’ is published by The Poetry Press.
Favourite poets: Walter de la Mare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Rupert Brooke and W.B. Yeats.

Music

A jazz pianist – romantic modernist. Influenced by the mysterious harmonies of George Shearing, and enrapt by the artistry of Miss Jessica Williams.

Painting

Considers Harold Hitchcock, curiously, or in view of the times, not so curiously, unknown, the supreme artist of the twentieth century.

‘Twentieth century culture marginalizes the idea of the sacred, totally. Transmitting this light, that’s more than natural, makes it possible to think about sacredness. He (Hitchcock) has placed himself as a painter at an original angle to his age.’
Julian Bell

Thinkers

Influenced by Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, and Idries Shah.