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Absinthe - The Cocaine of the Nineteenth Century: A History of the Hallucinogenic Drug & Its Effect on Artists & Writers in Europe & the United States
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Absinthe produced a sense of euphoria, similar to the effect of cocaine and opium, but was addictive and caused a rapid loss of mental and physical faculties. Despite that, Picasso, Manet, Rimbaud and Wilde were among those devoted to the "green fairy, " and produced writings and art influenced by absinthe.
Book News Annotation:
Focusing mostly on writers and artists in France and New Orleans, explores the role of the wormwood-based, anise-flavored drink in the perceptions and subjects of their work. Verlaine, Rimbaud, Wilde, Van Gough, Picasso, Poe, and Jack London are among those discussed.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-175) and index.
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