Collected Works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Volume 3: Genre-Tales and the Alcohol Novels

Collected Works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Volume 3: Genre-Tales and the Alcohol Novels

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Overview

Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870) burst on the literary scene in 1857 with the unlikely best seller The Hasheesh Eater. Written when he was just 20 years old, the book swept him into a career as a prolific novelist, short story author, arts critic, travel writer, journalist and editor. The material published in Ludlow’s Collected Works displays a depth of observation, a breadth of erudition and an appetite for extreme experience applied to the emerging modern American nation. Volume 3, Genre-Tales and the Alcohol Novels, contains four examples of the lighter fiction he wrote to pay his bills in the Feminine Fifties, all lit up by humor and close observations of the genteel life of 1850’s New York. But two of the three serial novels presented here, unusual for their time, treat alcohol as a festive source of humor and interesting states of consciousness. The third novel, The Household Angel, was his masterpiece, a portrayal of alcoholism and its effects on family and society. It signaled the arrival of a major talent, who unfortunately died at age 34 before his full promise as a novelist could be fulfilled.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996639453
Publisher: Logosophia, LLC
Publication date: 11/26/2017
Pages: 828
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870) was an American writer of travelogues, short stories, novels, art criticism, science and drug literature related to hashish and opium cures. He is mostly known for The Hasheesh Eater and Across the Continent, his description of and Overland Stage journey with the painter Albert Bierstadt. His friends and acquaintances ranged from Mark Twain to Brigham Young to Walt Whitman, and he was an integral part of the creation of the Bohemian scene in New York City. 

Donald P. Dulchinos is the author of Pioneer of Inner Space: The Life of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Forbidden Sacraments: The Survival of Shamanism in Western Civilization, and Neurosphere: The Convergence of Evolution, Group Mind, and the Internet. He has found time between these projects for a career in the information and telecommunications technology industry.

Stephen Crimi is the author of Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from the Abyss; the editor of two collections of talks by biodynamic pioneer Alan Chadwick, Performance in the Garden, and Reverence, Obedience and the Invisible in the Garden; and the publisher of Logosophia Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Donald P. Dulchinos ..............................vii

Novellas

  1. Little Brother ....................................................................... 1 Harper’s Monthly, February-April, 1860

  2. Little Briggs and I............................................................... 85 Northern Lights, January, 1867

  3. Ffeeing to Tarshish ........................................................... 125 Northern Lights, February, 1867

  4. A Brace of Boys ................................................................... 199 Northern Lights, March, 1867

    SerIal Novels

  5. The New Partner in Clingham & Co., Bankers................ 241

    Harper’s Weekly, January-April, 1860

  6. The Primpenny Family ....................................................... 433

    Vanity Fair, January-April, 1861

  7. The Household Angel........................................................ 605 Harper’s Bazaar, May-August, 1868


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