The Hashish Club, An Anthology of Drug literature Volume One – Peter Haining (1975)

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The Founding of the Modern Tradition: From Coleridge to Crowley, Edited by Peter Haining. At the end of the eighteenth century, a tradition almost as old as mankind itself -that of using drugs as a stimulus to creative activity was revived and revitalized in the work of the English opium eaters. The Hashish Club, an anthology in two volumes, represents the best work of the men engaged in the literary branch of the movement. Writings by: Samuel Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, Edgar Allan Poe, James Mangan, Wilkie Collins, Théophile Gautier, Charles Baudelaire, Gérard de Nerval, Arthur Rimbaud, B. L. Putnam Weale, Claude Farrère, Lafcadio Hearn, Francis Thompson, James Thomson, Havelock Ellis, W. B. Yeats, Ernest Dowson, Algernon Blackwood, and Aleister Crowley.

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At the end of the eighteenth century, a tradition almost as old as mankind itself -that of using drugs as a stimulus to creative activity was revived and revitalized in the work of the English opium eaters.

The pioneers of the modern phase of the tradition–a phase that has by no means ended were Samuel Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey.

The Hashish Club, an anthology in two volumes, represents the best work of the men engaged in the literary branch of the movement. Volume One includes all those writers who played leading roles in the establishment of the modern tradition: Coleridge, De Quincey, Poe, Wilkie Collins, Gautier, Nerval, Baudelaire, Yeats and Crowley. It also features some of the neglected and little-known authors who wrote in this genre, among them James Mangan, Lafcadio Hearn, James Thomson and Ernest Dowson.

Each author is represented by a short story or essay written directly under the influence of drugs or as the result of a drug experience. Most of the works have either been long out of print or are generally unavailable, including such classics as Havelock Ellis’s account of his first experiments with mescaline in 1898 and Algernon Blackwood’s extraordinary hashish tale, ‘A Psychical Invasion’.

Peter Haining prefaces each selection with an introductory biographical note and at the same time traces the evolution of the tradition of drug-inspired literature through its various phases.

 

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Measurements: 245x145x35mm
Format: Hardback
Pages: 264
First edition: Yes
Publisher: Peter Owen
Year: 1975
ISBN: 0 7206 0303
Weight: 454 g

Great condition. If it wasn’t for the very small tear in the back of the dustcover I would list it “as new”.

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