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This unique edition of My Lady Nicotine from Dead Dodo Vintage includes the full original text as well as exclusive features not available in other editions.

Fourteen years before Peter Pan first trod the boards, his author published a novel. My Lady Nicotine isn't much of a novel - its origins as a series of essays for the St James's Gazette are only too clear - but it may be the only work of literature to take giving up smoking as its central theme. JM Barrie wrote it in his ...

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My Lady Nicotine

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This unique edition of My Lady Nicotine from Dead Dodo Vintage includes the full original text as well as exclusive features not available in other editions.

Fourteen years before Peter Pan first trod the boards, his author published a novel. My Lady Nicotine isn't much of a novel - its origins as a series of essays for the St James's Gazette are only too clear - but it may be the only work of literature to take giving up smoking as its central theme. JM Barrie wrote it in his late 20s, when his career was taking off largely thanks to the intervention of the Gazette's editor, Frederick Greenwood, who steered his writing towards the folksy Scotchness that would make his name; and later break it, especially in Scotland. Barrie had been trying to make his living as a man of letters for several years (a book about early English satirical verse was one of his failed projects) when he hit on the idea of turning some of his beloved mother's early Victorian memories of Kirriemuir into a piece and posting it south. There had been many rejections of other pieces, but Greenwood wrote, "I liked that Scotch thing. Any more of those?"

My Lady Nicotine was published six years later, in 1890. It isn't particularly Scotch - no more Scotch than Peter Pan.

My Lady Nicotine is the first-person account of a man, "a bachelor drifting towards what I now see to be tragic middle age", who is told by his wife-to-be that he can have smoking or her but not both. The fact that he's given up smoking is made clear from the start and the narrative is retrospective: how he began to smoke, the pleasures and companionship of smoking, the addiction of smoking, and the struggle to stop smoking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909959194
  • Publisher: Dead Dodo Vintage
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,228,146
  • File size: 2 MB

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CHAPTER II MY FIRST CIGAR It was not in my chambers, but three hundred miles further north that I learned to smoke. I think I may say with confidence that a first cigar was never smoked in such circumstances before. At that time I was a schoolboy, living with my brother who was a man. People mistook our relations, and thought I was his son. They would ask me how my father was, and when he heard of this he scowled at me. Even to this day I look so young that people who remember me as a boy, now think I must be that boy's younger brother. I shall tell presently of a strange mistake of this kind, but at present I am thinking of the evening when my brother's eldest daughter was born perhaps the most trying evening he and I ever passed together. So far as I knew the affair was very sudden, and I felt sorry for my brother as well as for myself. We sat together in the study, he on an armchair drawn near the fire and I on the couch. I cannot say now at what time I began to have an inklingthat there was something wrong. It came upon me gradually and made me very uncomfortable, though of course I did not show this. I heard people going up and down stairs, but I was not at that time naturally suspicious. Comparatively early in the evening I felt that my brother had something on his mind. As a rule, when we were left together, he yawned or drummed with his fingers on the arm of his chair to show that he did not feel uncomfortable, or I made a pretence of being at ease by playing with the dog or saying that the room was close. Then one of us would rise, remark that he had left his book in the dining-room, and go away to look for it, taking care not to come back till the other had gone. In thiscrafty way we helped each other. On that occasion, however, he did not adopt any of the...
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Table of Contents

Chapter I. Matrimony and Smoking Compared 9
Chapter II. My First Cigar 19
Chapter III. The Arcadia Mixture 26
Chapter IV. My Pipes 35
Chapter V. My Tobacco-Pouch 45
Chapter VI. My Smoking-Table 51
Chapter VII. Gilray 58
Chapter VIII. Marrion 66
Chapter IX. Jimmy 75
Chapter X. Scrymgrour 82
Chapter XI. His Wife's Cioars 90
Chapter XII. Gilray's Flower-Pot 97
Chapter XIII. The Orandest Scene in History 105
Chapter XIV. My Brother Henry 117
Chapter XV. House-Doat "Arcadia" 124
Chapter XVI. The Arcadia Mixture Again 132
Chapter XVII. The Romance of a Pipe Cleaner 140
Chapter XVIII. What Could He Do? 149
Chapter XIX. Primus 156
Chapter XX. Primus to His Uncle 164
Chapter XXI. English-Grown Tobacco 173
Chapter XXII. How Hhroes Smoke 182
Chapter XXIII. The Ghost of Chkistmas Eve 189
Chapter XXIV. Not the Arcadia 196
Chapter XXV. A Face That Haunted Marriot 203
Chapter XXVI. Arcadlans at Bay 210
Chapter XXVII. Jimmy's Drnam 217
Chapter XXVIII. Gilray's Dream 224
Chapter XXIX. Pettigr Ew's Dream 231
Chapter XXX. The Murder in the Inn 238
Chapter XXI. The Perils of not Smoking 243
Chapter XXXII. My Last Pipe 251
Chapter XXXIII. When my Wife is Asleep and All the House is Still 259
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