Emperors of Dreams

Emperors of Dreams Coleridge and de Quincey swilling bitter draughts of opium Sigmund Freud and Sherlock Holmes dallying with cocaine Baudelaire and Gautier rapt in hashish fantasies behind velvet curtains even Queen

  • Title: Emperors of Dreams
  • Author: Mike Jay
  • ISBN: 9781873982488
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Coleridge and de Quincey swilling bitter draughts of opium, Sigmund Freud and Sherlock Holmes dallying with cocaine, Baudelaire and Gautier rapt in hashish fantasies behind velvet curtains, even Queen Victoria swallowing her prescription dose of cannabis these snapshot images are familiar, but what is the story which lies behind them How did cannabis and cocaine, opium Coleridge and de Quincey swilling bitter draughts of opium, Sigmund Freud and Sherlock Holmes dallying with cocaine, Baudelaire and Gautier rapt in hashish fantasies behind velvet curtains, even Queen Victoria swallowing her prescription dose of cannabis these snapshot images are familiar, but what is the story which lies behind them How did cannabis and cocaine, opium and ether, mushrooms and mescaline enter the modern world, and what was their impact on the nineteenth century s dreams and nightmares Emperors of Dreams tells the stories of how all these substances were first discovered, and paints a fresh and startling picture both of today s illicit drugs and of the nineteenth century It shows that the age of Empire and Victorian values was awash with legal narcotics, stimulants and psychedelics, and traces their progress through the rapidly evolving worlds of science and colonial expansion, the demi mondes of popular subculture and literary bohemia, and the rising tide of temperance and prohibition.

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    1. Mike Jay Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Emperors of Dreams book, this is one of the most wanted Mike Jay author readers around the world.

    2. Remember the good old days when you could run down to the corner market and pick up some opium? Neither do I. Well, I guess you still can run down to the corner market and pick up some opium, but I'm sure it costs a lot more and the guy you're buying it from probably mixed dog poop into it or something else. And opium is kinda hard to find, not like pot, which seems to be falling out of the sky, and besides, I doubt the guy on the corner has any opium, but anyway So, Emperors of Dreams. I liked [...]

    3. Mike Jay’s Emperors of Dreams (Dedalus Books, 2000) is a fascinating look at drugs in the 19th century. It's yet another example of the popular perception of the Victorian era as repressive and paternalistic being quite wrong. For most of the 19th century most western governments adopted the very sensible and (by today’s standards) amazingly enlightened policy of considering that if you wanted to take drugs it was your own business and that it was not the place of government to interfere. At [...]

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