Absinthe: History in a Bottle
One hundred forty-four proof, notoriously addictive, and the drug of choice for nineteenth-century poets, absinthe is gaining bootleg popularity after almost a century of being banned. Due to popular demand, Absinthe: History in a Bottle is back in paperback with a handsome new cover. Like the author's bestselling The Martini and The Cigar, it is a potent brew of wild nights and social history, fact and trivia, gorgeous art and beautiful artifacts. As intoxicating as its subject, Absinthe makes a memorable gift for anyone who knows how to celebrate vice.
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After reading a thread on The Sun Also Rises, several perceptive reviews together with queries of "what's all the excitement about," I was reminded of "Absinthe" one of my treasures. The drink's influence is traced primarily through art and artists who imbibed. Hemingway is quoted multiple times and a green light thrown on defining a "lost generation". The green fairy as muse and zeitgeist is implicated in art, literature, crime, gender-bending and just letting the nineteenth century good times roll. This book has served me as an art and literary reference. It informs, colors, and shades the biographies of hundreds and credits 154 art sources for the paintings and illustrations within the soft-cover though large format book. It painted outside the lines of Hemingway's spare style and informs on others. And it's indexed.
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Had no idea that Charles Maturin was a great uncle by marriage of Oscar Wilde. Great book, excellent illustrations.
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