Fitz-Hugh Ludlow was once a contemporary graduate of Union collage in Schenectady, ny, while he vividly recorded his hasheesh-induced visions, studies, adventures, and insights. through the mid-nineteenth century, the drug was once a felony therapy for lockjaw and Ludlow had a pal in school from whom he bought a prepared offer. He ate up such huge amounts at each one sitting that his hallucinations were likened to these skilled through opium addicts. in the course of the publication, Ludlow colorfully describes his psychedelic trip that resulted in prolonged reflections on faith, philosophy, drugs, and tradition. First released in 1857, The Hasheesh Eater
used to be the 1st full-length American instance of drug literature. but regardless of the scandal that surrounded it, the ebook speedy grew to become a major good fortune. when you consider that then, it has develop into a cult vintage, first between Beat writers within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, and later with San Francisco Bay region hippies within the 1970s.
In this primary scholarly variation, editor Stephen Rachman positions Ludlow's enduring paintings as not only a chronicle of drug use but additionally 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 equivalent to Walt Whitman and the pianist Louis Gottshalk. With precious annotations guiding readers during the text's richly allusive characteristics and abundance of references, this variation is perfect for school room use in addition to for normal readers.