By Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Fitz-Hugh Ludlow was once a up to date graduate of Union collage in Schenectady, ny, while he vividly recorded his hasheesh-induced visions, reports, adventures, and insights. in the course of the mid-nineteenth century, the drug was once a felony treatment for lockjaw and Ludlow had a pal in school from whom he got a prepared offer. He fed on such huge amounts at each one sitting that his hallucinations were likened to these skilled by means of opium addicts. in the course of the booklet, Ludlow colorfully describes his psychedelic trip that resulted in prolonged reflections on faith, philosophy, drugs, and tradition. First released in 1857, The Hasheesh Eater was once the 1st full-length American instance of drug literature. but regardless of the scandal that surrounded it, the booklet quick turned an incredible luck. considering the fact that then, it has turn into a cult vintage, first between Beat writers within the Fifties and Sixties, and later with San Francisco Bay zone hippies within the 1970s.

In this primary scholarly version, editor Stephen Rachman positions Ludlow's enduring paintings as not only a chronicle of drug use but in addition as a window into the budding American bohemian literary scene. A lucid advent explores the breadth of Ludlow's classical studying in addition to his involvement with the nineteenth-century culture that integrated fellow revelers akin to Walt Whitman and the pianist Louis Gottshalk. With priceless annotations guiding readers throughout the text's richly allusive features and abundance of references, this variation is perfect for school room use in addition to for basic readers.

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