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The Resource The road of excess : a history of writers on drugs, Marcus Boon

The road of excess : a history of writers on drugs, Marcus Boon

Label
The road of excess : a history of writers on drugs
Title
The road of excess
Title remainder
a history of writers on drugs
Statement of responsibility
Marcus Boon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the antiquity of Homer to yesterday's Naked Lunch, writers have found inspiration, and readers have lost themselves, in a world of the imagination tinged and oftentimes transformed by drugs. The age-old association of literature and drugs receives its first comprehensive treatment in this far-reaching work. Drawing on history, science, biography, literary analysis, and ethnography, Marcus Boon shows that the concept of drugs is fundamentally interdisciplinary, and reveals how different sets of connections between disciplines configure each drug's unique history. In chapters on opiates, anesthetics, cannabis, stimulants, and psychedelics, Boon traces the history of the relationship between writers and specific drugs, and between these drugs and literary and philosophical traditions. With reference to the usual suspects from De Quincey to Freud to Irvine Welsh and with revelations about others such as Milton, Voltaire, Thoreau, and Sartre, The Road of Excess provides a novel and persuasive characterization of the "effects" of each class of drug--linking narcotic addiction to Gnostic spirituality, stimulant use to writing machines, anesthesia to transcendental philosophy, and psychedelics to the problem of the imaginary itself. Creating a vast network of texts, personalities, and chemicals, the book reveals the ways in which minute shifts among these elements have resulted in "drugs" and "literature" as we conceive of them today
Member of
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Boon, Marcus
Dewey number
809/.93356
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PN56.N18
LC item number
B66 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Drugs in literature
  • Authors
  • Literature, Modern
  • TRAVEL
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Authors
  • Drugs in literature
  • Literature, Modern
  • Letterkunde
  • Drugsgebruik
  • Schrijvers
  • Literaturproduktion
  • Rauschgift
  • Schriftsteller
Label
The road of excess : a history of writers on drugs, Marcus Boon
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-302) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Addicted to nothingness : narcotics and literature -- Voice of the blood : anesthetics and literature -- Time of the assassins : cannabis and literature -- Induced life : stimulants and literature -- Imaginal realms : psychedelics and literature -- Epilogue
Control code
451019753
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (339 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674028517
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)451019753
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The road of excess : a history of writers on drugs, Marcus Boon
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-302) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Addicted to nothingness : narcotics and literature -- Voice of the blood : anesthetics and literature -- Time of the assassins : cannabis and literature -- Induced life : stimulants and literature -- Imaginal realms : psychedelics and literature -- Epilogue
Control code
451019753
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (339 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674028517
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)451019753
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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