Doris Lanier's Absinthe—The Cocaine of the Nineteenth Century: A History of PDF

By Doris Lanier

With an alcohol content material occasionally as excessive as eighty percentage, absinthe was once made via blending the leaves of wormwood with different vegetation comparable to angelica root, fennel, coriander, hyssop, marjoram and anise for style. the end result was once a sour, effective drink that grew to become a huge social, clinical and political phenomenon in the course of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries; its acceptance was once in general in France, but additionally in different components of Europe and the USA, fairly in New Orleans.
Absinthe produced a feeling of euphoria and a heightening of the senses, just like the impact of cocaine and opium, yet used to be addictive and triggered a swift lack of psychological and actual colleges. regardless of that, Picasso, Manet, Rimbaud, Van Gogh, Degas and Wilde have been between these dedicated to its intake and produced writings and paintings prompted via the drink.
This paintings presents a historical past of “the eco-friendly fairy”, a research of its use and abuse, an exploration of the great social difficulties (not in contrast to the cocaine difficulties of this century) it brought on, and an exam of the level to which the lives of gifted younger writers and artists of the interval grew to become stuck up within the absinthe craze.

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