The Dedalus Book of Absinthe

This work traces absinthe's cultural origins as a herbal tonic through its morbid heyday in the late 19th century and the Absinthe Murders in 1905.


Author: Phil Baker

Publisher: Dedalus

ISBN: 1903517400

Category: Absinthe

Page: 296

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This work traces absinthe's cultural origins as a herbal tonic through its morbid heyday in the late 19th century and the Absinthe Murders in 1905. After giving the pharmacology of absinthe, the book deals with the modus operandi of drinking it.

The Book of Absinthe

Any information regarding the usage of Absinthe is meant purely for reference
purposes. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Baker, Phil, 1961–
[Dedalus book of absinthe] The book of absinthe: a cultural history/Phil Baker, ...


Author: Phil Baker

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802199775

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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La Fee Verte (or "The Green Fairy") has intoxicated artists, poets, and writers ever since the late eighteenth century. Stories abound of absinthe's druglike sensations of mood lift and inspiration due to the presence of wormwood, its infamous "special" ingredient, which ultimately leads to delirium, homicidal mania, and death. Opening with the sensational 1905 Absinthe Murders, Phil Baker offers a cultural history of absinthe, from its modest origins as an herbal tonic through its luxuriantly morbid heyday in the late nineteenth century. Chronicling a fascinatingly lurid cast of historical characters who often died young, the absinthe scrapbook includes Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Dowson, Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, August Strindberg, Alfred Jarry, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Allais, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. Along with discussing the rituals and modus operandi of absinthe drinking, Baker reveals the recently discovered pharmacology of how real absinthe actually works on the nervous system, and he tests the various real and fake absinthe products that are available overseas. The Book of Absinthe is a witty, erudite primer to the world's most notorious drink.

Alcohol Flows Across Cultures

For mentions of rations in the secondary literature, see, for example: Jad Adams,
Hideous Absinthe: A History ofthe Devil in a Bottle. London: I. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.,
2008, 19f.; Phil Baker, The Dedalus Book of Absinthe. Sawtry: Dedalus Ltd ...


Author: Waltraud Ernst

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351400725

Category: History

Page: 244

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This book maps changing patterns of drinking. Emphasis is laid on the connected histories of different regions and populations across the globe regarding consumption patterns, government policies, economics and representations of alcohol and drinking. Its transnational perspective facilitates an understanding of the local and global factors that have had a bearing on alcohol consumption and legislation, especially on the emergence of particular styles of ‘drinking cultures’. The comparative approach helps to identify similarities, differences and crossovers between particular regions and pinpoint the parameters that shape alcohol consumption, policies, legal and illegal production, and popular perceptions. With a wide geographic range, the book explores plural drinking cultures within any one region, their association with specific social groups, and their continuities and changes in the wake of wider global, colonial and postcolonial economic, political and social constraints and exchanges.

The Dedalus Book of English Decadence

The Dedalus Book of Absinthe - Phil Baker “ This is the sort of book it would be
very easy to do badly . Phil Baker has , instead , done a magnificent job ; it is
formidably researched , beautifully written , and abundant with telling detail and
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Author: James Willsher

Publisher: Decadence from Dedalus S

ISBN: UOM:39015059160260

Category: Fiction

Page: 199

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Avatars and acolytes Byron, De Quincey, Wilde and more, are here, all at their unwholesome best. English Decadence was not a polite response to French invention, but the hothouse blossoming of long, indigenous researches into the perverse. Like Imperial Rome, England could hardly subdue and rule the globe without becoming corrupt. The Romantics tried rebellion, but amid Victorian industry, terminally-fatigued Decadents concerned themselves with cultivating their addiction to luxury and sensation. This is the most wide-ranging, important collection of English decadent writing ever published.

F Is for France

1 For details about absinthe, see Barnaby Conrad III, Absinthe: History in a Bottle
(San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1988); Phil Baker, The Dedalus Book of
Absinthe (Sawtry, UK: Dedalus Limited, 2005); Cordelia Hebblethwaite, “
Absinthe in ...


Author: Piu Marie Eatwell

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781250087744

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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Exploring a culture filled with arcane laws, historical incidents, and bizarre paradoxes, Piu Eatwell's follow up to her award-winning and critically acclaimed myth-buster They Eat Horses, Don't They is a delightful exploration of France's quirky, literary, and culinary heritage. From absinthe and catacombs to former French soccer player Zinedine Zidane, Eatwell leaves no stone unturned, taking readers off the beaten path to explore the kind of information that gets missed in guidebooks and 'official' information sources. Who could imagine, for example, that there is a village in France where UFOs are banned from landing? Or that there is a verifiable population of wild kangaroos in the forests surrounding Paris? These, and many other off-beat delights, are just some of the curiosities awaiting readers in this journey through byways and hidden treasures of this endlessly fascinating and paradoxical country. Full of the richness and variety of France beyond the platitudes, including recipes and charming illustrations, F is for France is an ideal gift book and a must-read for Francophiles and anyone with an interest in French travel and culture.

The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides

The Dedalus Book of Absinthe – Phil Baker “ This is the sort of book it would be
very easy to do badly . Phil Baker has , instead , done a magnificent job ; it is
formidably researched , beautifully written , and abundant with telling detail and
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Author: Gary Lachman

Publisher: Dedalus Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015076179277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 321

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Writers have been killing themselves for centuries. From Petronius in ancient Rome to the 20th Century Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima, writers, more than any other kind of artist, have taken their own lives in an extraordinary number of ways. With bullets, poison, drugs and swords, poets, playwrights, novelists and philosophers have sent themselves off into the big sleep. Others, one step shy of that last exit, have made great literature about the urge to self-destruction. For the first time, Gary Lachman investigates the many links between self-death and the written word, bringing together an unusual gallery of literary greats and a host of other fatal characters. Typically for Dedalus, the covers gorgeous. Sasha Selavie in QX International Dead Letters ultimately proves to be at once stimulating and thought-provoking and the section devoted to various suicidal writings is most diverting. Peter Burton in One80 Reviews

The Book of Gin

... of Alcohol and Drugs 22, 2007, pp 65–82 Austin, Gregory A. Alcohol in
Western Society From Antiquity to 1800: A Chronological History (ABC-Clio
Information Services, 1985) Baker, Phil The Dedalus Book of Absinthe (Dedalus
Books ...


Author: Richard Barnett

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802194091

Category: History

Page: 304

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“An absorbing popular history of one of history’s most popular drinks” (Booklist). Gin has been a drink of kings infused with crushed pearls and rose petals, and a drink of the poor flavored with turpentine and sulfuric acid. Born in alchemists’ stills and monastery kitchens, its earliest incarnations were juniper flavored medicines used to prevent plague, ease the pains of childbirth, even to treat a lack of courage. In The Book of Gin, Richard Barnett traces the life of this beguiling spirit, once believed to cause a “new kind of drunkenness.” In the eighteenth century, gin-crazed debauchery (and class conflict) inspired Hogarth’s satirical masterpieces “Gin Lane” and “Beer Street.” In the nineteenth century, gin was drunk by Napoleonic War naval heroes, at lavish gin palaces, and by homesick colonials, who mixed it with their bitter anti-malarial tonics. In the early twentieth century, the illicit cocktail culture of Prohibition made gin—often dangerous bathtub gin—fashionable again. And today, with the growth of small-batch distilling, gin has once-again made a comeback. Wide-ranging, impeccably researched, and packed with illuminating stories, The Book of Gin is lively and fascinating, an indispensable history of a complex and notorious drink. “The Book of Gin is full of history that will make you grin . . . An enchanting read.” —Cooking by the Book

Arthur Symons Critic Among Critics

( Also published Sawtry ( UK ) : Dedalus , 2001 , 2005 , under the title The
Dedalus Book of Absinthe , and translated into Russian as Absent , Moskva :
Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie , 2002 . ) 39 . Baker , William , and Kenneth
Womack .


Author: Jay Fox

Publisher: Elt Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123390705

Category: Reference

Page: 430

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Decadent London

Music Hall : The Business of Pleasure ( Open University Press , Milton Keynes ,
1986 ) Baker , Phil The Dedalus Book of Absinthe ( Dedalus , Sawtry , 2001 )
Barker , Felix & Hyde , Ralph London as it might have been ( John Murray ,
London ...


Author: Antony Clayton

Publisher: Historical

ISBN: STANFORD:36105120984278

Category: Decadence (Literary movement)

Page: 200

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Antony Clayton recreates the artistic and social milieu of the turbulent period around the end of the 19th century and provides concise biographical material on the central characters, such as Wilde, Symons, Beardsley, Whistler, Dowson, Frank Harris and other less well-known people such as Count Stenbock and John Gray. It was a period of immense upheaval and change in all of the arts. The author surveys the work produced, the favourite dining places, the public reaction and also the decadent life of London outside the artistic arena that co-existed at a time when the constraints and certainties of the Victorian period were crumbling. Decadence was indeed subversive.--Publisher.

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1985 6 Baker P. The Dedalus Book of Absinthe
. Sawtry : Dedalus , 2001 Case analysis in clinical ethics R Ashcroft , A Lucassen
, M Parker , M Verkerk , G Widdershoven 246pp Price £ 24.99 ( p / b ) £ 55.00 ...


Author: Royal Society of Medicine (Great Britain)


ISBN: UCLA:L0099047474

Category: Medicine


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Includes selected papers from meetings of the Society and of its sections.

New Scientist

CA CELEBATU The Dedalus Book of Absinthe by Phil Baker , Dedalus , £9 . 99 ,
ISBN 1873982941 Abyintha THAT vague atmosphere of decadence known as fin
de siècle applies strictly to the end of the 19th century . It had a powerful ...




ISBN: UOM:39015053969245

Category: Science


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The Dedalus Book of Portuguese Fantasy

... bode ill those words , ' murmured a few voices , as Dom João , placing his
empty glass on the table , whispered in the Baron's ear : ' I have tasted the
bitterness of absinthe . ' ' Have you still not given up on that illusion ? ' asked the
Baron .


Author: Eugénio Lisboa

Publisher: European Literary Fantasy Anth

ISBN: IND:30000041996913

Category: Fiction

Page: 291

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This fourth volume in the Dedalus European Fantasy series offers a rich feast of bewitched houses, roads that lead nowhere, hanged men who descend from the scaffold in order to help the living, churches buried beneath the sea, and cannibalism. In addition to the well-known masters Eca de Queiroz and Mario de SaCarneiro, contributors include Jose Rodrigues Migueis, Domingo Monteiro, Failho de Almeida, Jose Regio, David Mourao-Ferreira, Alvaro do Carvalhal, Ferreira de Castro, and Almada Negreiros, most appearing for the first time in English translation.

The Dedalus Book of German Decadence

And he bathed his fevered brain in absinthe and drugged himself with sultry ,
stupefying odours , so that he lost all consciousness of himself . He neglected
himself , like a hated and useless burden , and was alienated from himself and
took no ...


Author: Raymond Furness


ISBN: 1873982216

Category: Austrian fiction

Page: 289

View: 154

The Brockhaus encyclopedia of 1896 referred to the decadent literary movement as "a symptom of today's nervous, senile, fragmented society which is impervious to anything healthy and natural" -- and which is primarily French. But beneath the brash and pompous exterior of the German Empire, decadent literature thrived, fueled by the music of Wagner, the paradoxes of Nietzsche, and the writings of Thomas Mann, the movement's self-styled chronicler and analyst. This analogy collects works by Sacher-Masoch, Trakl, Leppin, Przybyszewski, Mann, and other, demonstrating that Berlin, Vienna and Prague served equally with Paris as hosts for this provocative European cultural movement.

American Book Publishing Record

I. Title . II . Series . BAKER , Phil , 1961394.1'2 The book of absinthe : a cultural
history / Phil Baker . New York : Grove Press , c2001 . vii , 296 p .: ill .; 21 cm .
Originally published : The Dedalus book of absinthe . Sawtry , U.K .: Dedalus ,




ISBN: UOM:39015066043152

Category: American literature


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The Devil is a Gentleman

Wheatley was closely involved with the secret intelligence community, and this powerfully researched study shows just how directly this drove his work, from his unlikely warnings about the menace of Satanic Trade Unionism to his role in a ...


Author: Phil Baker

Publisher: Dedalus Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105133017694

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 699

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One of the giants of popular fiction, with total sales of around fifty million books, Dennis Wheatley held twentieth-century Britain spellbound. His Black Magic novels like The Devil Rides Out created an oddly seductive and luxurious vision of Satanism, but in reality he was as interested in politics as occultism. Wheatley was closely involved with the secret intelligence community, and this powerfully researched study shows just how directly this drove his work, from his unlikely warnings about the menace of Satanic Trade Unionism to his role in a British scheme to engineer a revival of Islam. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material, Phil Baker examines Wheatley's key friendship with a fraudster named Eric Gordon Tombe, and uncovers the full story of his sensational 1922 murder. Baker also explores Wheatley's relationship with occult figures such as Rollo Ahmed, Aleister Crowley, and the Reverend Montague Summers, the shady priest and demonologist who inspired the memorable evil character of Canon Copely-Syle in To The Devil - A Daughter.

The Guardian Index




ISBN: UOM:39015066404131

Category: Guardian (Manchester, England)


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Book Review Index


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Publisher: Book Review Index Cumulation

ISBN: 0787665797

Category: Literary Criticism


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'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.

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