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Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle

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Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle

Postby adama » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:40 pm

Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle by Jad Adams.

Great reading, especially if you enjoy a little arcane language.
Found the link on the Internet. (it'd be about a 2.5Mb download zipped)

Unfortunetly the .pdf doesn't come with the images found in the hardcopy.

I scanned those images for future reference and they come in at 93MB (300 dpi).
Most of the images referenced can be easily found with a Google search.
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Jad Adams, "Hideous Absinthe"
University of Wisconsin Press | 2004-04-15 | ISBN: 0299200000 | 304 pages |

Hideous Absinthe boldly combines the art, literature, science, and social history of the nineteenth century to produce the story of a drink that came to symbolize both the high points of art and the depths of degeneration.

Jad Adams looks at the myths of absinthe and examines its influence on the artistic movements of the nineteenth century. He considers the work of Degas, Manet, and Picasso, who painted what are now considered masterpieces depicting absinthe drinkers. He examines the mystery of van Gogh's absinthe addiction and asks whether absinthe truly did contribute to the poetic vision of Verlaine, Rimbaud, and other writers.

Adams looks back at absinthe's contribution to the hedonistic culture of the French Second Empire and to Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris of the 1890s and details the outraged English reaction to absinthe in the context of resistance to French art. Absinthe was seen as a foreign poison undermining the national resolve just as the decadence of Oscar Wilde and his circle was seen to undermine national culture.
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Re: Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle

Postby vb » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:42 pm

thanks for that, got a link to go with it?
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Re: Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle

Postby adama » Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:55 am

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