In this Book

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Fitz-Hugh Ludlow was a recent graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, when he vividly recorded his hasheesh-induced visions, experiences, adventures, and insights. During the mid-nineteenth century, the drug was a legal remedy for lockjaw and Ludlow had a friend at school from whom he received a ready supply. He consumed such large quantities at each sitting that his hallucinations have been likened to those experienced by opium addicts. Throughout the book, Ludlow colorfully describes his psychedelic journey that led to extended reflections on religion, philosophy, medicine, and culture. First published in 1857, The Hasheesh Eater was the first full-length American example of drug literature. Yet despite the scandal that surrounded it, the book quickly became a huge success. Since then, it has become a cult classic, first among Beat writers in the 1950s and 1960s, and later with San Francisco Bay area hippies in the 1970s.

In this first scholarly edition, editor Stephen Rachman positions Ludlow's enduring work as not just a chronicle of drug use but also as a window into the budding American bohemian literary scene. A lucid introduction explores the breadth of Ludlow's classical learning as well as his involvement with the nineteenth-century subculture that included fellow revelers such as Walt Whitman and the pianist Louis Gottshalk. With helpful annotations guiding readers through the text's richly allusive qualities and abundance of references, this edition is ideal for classroom use as well as for general readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxvi
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. xxxvii-xxxviii
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. p. xxxix
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  1. The Hasheesh Eater: Being Passages from the Life of a Pythagorean
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Chapter 1: The Night Entrance
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. Chapter 2: Under the Shadow of Esculapius
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. Chapter 3: The Kingdom of the Dream
  2. pp. 29-35
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  1. Chapter 4: Cashmere and Cathay by Twilight
  2. pp. 36-47
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  1. Chapter 5: The Hour and the Power of Darkness
  2. pp. 48-58
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  1. Chapter 6: The Mysteries of the Life-sign Gemini
  2. pp. 59-65
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  1. Chapter 7: The Night of Apotheosis
  2. pp. 66-77
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  1. Chapter 8: Vos Non Vobis -- Wherein the Pythagorean is a By-stander
  2. pp. 78-93
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  1. Chapter 9: The Shadow of Bacchus, the Shadow of Thanatos, and the Shadow of Shame
  2. pp. 94-100
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  1. Chapter 10: Nimium -- The Amreeta Cup of Unveiling
  2. pp. 101-111
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  1. Chapter 11: The Book of Symbols
  2. pp. 112-116
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  1. Chapter 12: To-day, Zeus; To-morrow, Prometheus
  2. pp. 117-122
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  1. Chapter 13: Eidola Theatri and the Prince of Whales
  2. pp. 123-133
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  1. Chapter 14: Hail! Pythagoras
  2. pp. 134-142
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  1. Chapter 15: "Then Seeva Opened on the Accursed One His Eye of Anger"
  2. pp. 143-153
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  1. Chapter 16: An Oath in the Forum of Madness
  2. pp. 154-160
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  1. Chapter 17: Down with the Tide
  2. pp. 161-167
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  1. Chapter 18: My Stony Guardian
  2. pp. 168-172
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  1. Chapter 19: Resurgam
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Chapter 20: Leaving the Schoolmaster, the Pythagorean Sets up for Himself
  2. pp. 177-187
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  1. Chapter 21: Concerning the Doctor; Not Southey's, but Mine
  2. pp. 188-196
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  1. Chapter 22: Grand Divertissement
  2. pp. 197-201
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  1. Chatper 23: The Hell of Waters and the Hell of Treachery
  2. pp. 202-205
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  1. Chapter 24: The Visionary; To Which Chapter There Is No Admittance upon Business
  2. pp. 206-213
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  1. Chapter 25: Cave Succedanea
  2. pp. 214-218
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  1. Notes on the Way Upward
  2. pp. 219-276
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. Explanatory Notes
  2. pp. 283-314
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  1. About the Editor
  2. p. 315
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813541143
Related ISBN
9780813538686
MARC Record
OCLC
78583948
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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