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By Louise Foxcroft

What does drug habit suggest to us? What did it suggest to others some time past? and the way are those meanings attached? In glossy society, the belief of drug dependancy is a hard and fast and in general understood idea, but this was once now not regularly the case long ago. This publication uncovers the unique affects that formed the production and a number of the interpretations of dependancy as a disorder, and of habit to opiates specifically. It delves into the remedies, regimes, and prejudices that surrounded the situation, a newly rising pathological entity and a sort of 'moral madness' through the 19th century. The resource fabric for this ebook is wealthy and mind-blowing. Letters and diaries give you the such a lot relocating fabric, detailing own struggles with habit and the rigors of these who cared and despaired. Confessions of disgrace, deceit, distress and terror take a seat along these of deep sensual excitement, visionary manifestations and completely happy freedom from care. The reader can stick to the lifelong opium careers of literary figures, artists and politicians, glimpse a uncooked underworld of hidden drug use, or see the bleakness of city and rural poverty alleviated by way of day-by-day doses of opium. Delving into diaries, letters and confessions, this publication exposes the scientific case histories and the physician's mad, lazy, advertisement, contemptuous, determined, altruistic and pissed off makes an attempt to accommodate drug habit. It demonstrates that a number of the stigmatising prejudices arose from fake 'facts' and semi-mythical ideals and therefore has major implications, not just for the heritage of habit, but additionally for a way view the situation this present day.

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Marilyn Butler, in Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries (1981), argues that the Confessions are a ‘clever medley of the facts of his life with fables, inconsistencies and probable lies’, in that the work is subjective and intuitive. 19 His work cannot survive a baldly literal, and so impoverished, reading. The Romantic era was a period of profound change in almost all areas of human endeavour. 39. 42. See chapter 6. 25. 112. 7. 20 The revolutions in political, economic, religious, scientific and social life in the late eighteenth century could not fail to influence ideas on identity and character.

11; D. 12. 2 Professor Asa Briggs, discussing Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-72), argued that, in many ways the Victorian novel is an historical document. 3 Accounts of addiction, as an appeal to the imagination and as used overwhelmingly as a device to convey misery, loss, and degradation, are liberally scattered throughout the literature of the nineteenth century and were frequently based on the firsthand experiences of the writers. The reading public was becoming increasingly familiar with opiate addiction and with the obloquy or pity that accompanied it.

39. 44. Negus is a drink of port or sherry with hot water, sweetened and spiced, and was first concocted by a Colonel Negus in the early eighteenth century. 40 De Quincey referred to this as ‘moderation and temperate use of the article’, following the traditional humoral philosophy on health and well-being. And, with ‘intervals between every indulgence’, he found that it was not necessary ‘to make opium … an article of daily diet’. 41 But illness overtook him again in 1813 and he fell prey to a ‘most appalling irritation of the stomach’, the point in his narrative on which the gist of his confessions hinged.

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