Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle

Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle

by Jad Adams
     
 

Mysteriously sophisticated, darkly alluring, almost Satanic: absinthe was the drink of choice for Baudelaire, Verlaine and Wilde. It inspired paintings by Degas and Manet, van Gogh and Picasso. It was blamed for conditions ranging from sterility to madness, to French defeats in World War I. The campaign against "the devil in a bottle" resulted in its ban

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Mysteriously sophisticated, darkly alluring, almost Satanic: absinthe was the drink of choice for Baudelaire, Verlaine and Wilde. It inspired paintings by Degas and Manet, van Gogh and Picasso. It was blamed for conditions ranging from sterility to madness, to French defeats in World War I. The campaign against "the devil in a bottle" resulted in its ban throughout most of Europe. Its reputation for toxicity eventually extinguished the fin-de-siècle's infatuation with absinthe, but not before it had influenced generations of artists on both sides of the channel. This book is a biography of "the green fairy": from its place in the lives of writers and artists who were inspired--and ruined--by it, to its more recent rediscovery by Ernest Hemingway and today’s would-be sophisticates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845116842
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Series:
Tauris Parke Paperbacks Ser.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

* Illustrations
• Acknowledgment
• Introduction: The Devil Made Liquid
• Bitter Beginnings
• The Green Hour and the New Art
• Absinthe for the People
• Poets Breaking the Rules
• Madmen of Art
• The Absinthe Binge
• English Decadence and French Morals
• Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
• Absinthe Paranoia
• Twilight of the Fée Verte
• Green in the USA
• Pop Goes the Fairy
• Appendix
• Notes on the Text
• Select Bibliography
• Index *

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