Pipe Dreams : The Drug Experience in Literature
edited and with an introduction by Gilbert Alter-Gilbert

Published: November 1, 2022  |  LCCN: 2021942506

Paperback: $29.95 US | ISBN 978-1-587750-26-7
E-Book$9.99 US | ISBN 978-1-587750-38-0

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About the Book | About the Author | Praise

About the Book

There are two histories of drug use: the social history and the secret history of subjective experience.

— Gilbert Alter-Gilbert

From antiquity to the present, people have sought artificial paradise in the stimulations and insights afforded by the use of intoxicants. Famous literary figures have often been the first to experiment with little-known drugs, and to champion their unique fascination upon the human imagination. In this remarkable anthology, a dazzling array of authors, including H. G. Wells, Marie Corelli, Guy de Maupassant, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Stephen Crane, Sadegh Hedayat, Santiago Dabove, Jean Cocteau, William James, Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier, and a host of others from many cultures and historical periods, raids a pharmacopoeia containing ether, absinthe, morphine, hashish, opium, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, chloral hydrate, psilocybin, ayahuasca, carbon tetrachloride, LSD, amyl nitrate, ecstasy, and angel dust, in flights of descriptive prose of unparalleled suggestive power and visionary splendor.

About the Editor

Gilbert Alter-Gilbert is an essayist, anthologist, translator, and critic. His fictive histories Poets Ranked by Beard Weight and Desktop Digest of Despots and Dictators: An A to Z of Tyranny have been widely acclaimed. Gnostic Clock: A Tenebrist Miscellany, a collection of pessimist writings through the ages, is forthcoming from Coyote Arts.

Gilbert Alter-Gilbert

Praise for Gilbert Alter-Gilbert

Desktop Digest of Despots and Dictators: An A to Z of Tyranny

An improbably fun compendium of the world’s worst.

— New York Daily News

Poets Ranked by Beard Weight

Everything that can be known about beards and much that can’t.

— London Weekly Gazette
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