Louisa May Alcott and psychotropic drugs

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Louisa May Alcott and psychotropic drugs

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Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 21, 2018, 3:46 pm

Thanks, Ben, for suggesting Keef: A Story of Intoxication, Love & Death, interesting that LMA was a frequent user of drugs, evidently from nursing civil war casualties (from Stephen J. Gertz foreward). Hard to imagine 'little women' smoking hash and opium!

huhtikuu 21, 2018, 4:03 pm

I've the opposite feeling. Find it hard to imagine how any woman in the past managed WITHOUT drugs. God knows the assholes of the present times are hard enough to bear--high, drunk, or sober...

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 21, 2018, 5:30 pm

>2 LolaWalser: Indeed. Easier to dissemble their use as well: Nodding out? The prolonged swoon of one with a delicate constitution. Eyes pinned? Nearly overcome by the crush in the crowded parlour and the glare of the unshaded gas lamps, she lapsed into that inward-looking trance peculiar to those of a refined nature. I'm going to the bedroom, where I'll ingest a fashionable over-the-counter narcotic: I suffer at present from an indisposition known to all daughters of Eve and so shall retire.

huhtikuu 21, 2018, 8:33 pm

>3 bluepiano:

I don't remember the stats now, but apparently some shocking percentage of the middle/upper class ladies were hooked on laudanum, (ab)using valerian and similar. As for alcohol... well. Chugging eau de Cologne wasn't invented by desperate Soviet lushes.

huhtikuu 23, 2018, 11:34 am

>1 tros: I first saw the suggestion in your den! Evidently, it is a rarity. I was unable to find a copy of the original text for sale anywhere.

toukokuu 1, 2018, 9:14 am

toukokuu 1, 2018, 4:09 pm

foreword mentions Perilous Play, short story and A Modern Mephistopheles, "a character employs hashish to enhance her singing voice, while another employs hashish to'violate the sanctity of the human soul'."

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