1968 Hardcover y First American edition illus. . 388 p. Former Library book. "References and notes": p. 343-379. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Does the habit of taking drugs make authors write better, or worse, or differently? Does it alter the quality of their consciousness, shape their imagery, influence their technique? For the Romantic writers of the nineteenth century, many of whom experimented with opium and some of whom were addicted to it, this was an important question, but it has never been fully answered. In this study Alethea Hayter examines the work of five writers - Crabbe, Coleridge, De Quincey, Wilkie Collins and Francis Thompson - who were opium addicts for many years, and of several other writers - notably Keats, Edgar Allan Poe and Baudelaire, but also Walter Scott, Dickens, Mrs Browning, James Thomson and others - who are known to have taken opium at times. The work of these writers is discussed in the context of nineteenth-century opinion about the uses and dangers of opium, and of Romantic ideas on the creative imagination, on dreams and hypnagogic visions, and on imagery, so that the idiosyncrasies of opium-influenced writing can be isolated from their general literary background. The examination reveals a strange and miserable region of the mind in which some of the greatest poetic imaginations of the nineteenth century were imprisoned.
About the Author: Alethea Hayter (1911-2006) read modern history at Oxford, and after a period writing for Country Life she joined the British Council, retiring in 1971. Her many books include Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1962), The Wreck of the Abergavenny (2002) and the acclaimed Opium and the Romantic Imagination (1968). She was appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1962.
Title: Opium and the Romantic Imagination
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 1968
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: y First American edition.
Book Description Faber & Faber, U.S.A., 1968. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Ex-lib. FEP has been cut from book. "Discard" stamp on inside front cover is the only marking in the book. DJ is not price-clipped, has library tag to bottom of spine, no tears or folds.in mylar. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # D8409626
Book Description London : Faber, 1968. 1968 Hardcover, 1968. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1063324
Book Description Faber & Faber, Berkeley, 1968. hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. y First American edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP13504500
Book Description Faber & Faber, 1968. Book Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. , 700grams, ISBN:0571083609. Bookseller Inventory # 6643019
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Book Description Faber and Faber, London, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Hardcover. 1969 reprint. Rather faded dust jacket with one or two abrasions, small tears and marks. Lower leading corner of front flap is clipped. Minor abrasion left by removed price label on front flap. Hardcover spine ends are a little worn and bumped. Slight foxing on head of page block. Small nick on upper edge of front pastedown. Contents are clear throughout. AF. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 464746
Book Description Faber & Faber 1968, 1968. Hardback. Very good copy without dust jacket. Previous owner's name to end paper. Bookseller Inventory # A175798
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Book Description Faber & Faber 1969 (1968), London, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second Edition. DJ price clipped, now in a clear protective sleeve. ; 8.60 X 5.70 X 1.25"; 388 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 17792
Book Description Faber & Faber, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020571083609