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Pleasures and Pains, Opium and the Orient in 19th-Century British Culture

Milligan, Barry

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ISBN 10: 0813915716 / ISBN 13: 9780813915715
Published by University Press of Virginia, 1995
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Explores the cultural alliance of opium and the East to 19th Century England. Four b&w illustrations. Notes. Works Cited. Index. xii, 156 pp. Fine Hardcover in full purple cloth w/ Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 1001

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Title: Pleasures and Pains, Opium and the Orient in...

Publisher: University Press of Virginia

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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At once a lucrative commodity of Britain's 19th century empire in the East and disturbingly corrosive of her national and cultural identity, opium provided British writers with a focus for representing the anxieties and exhilarations of Otherness. Milligan examines this turmoil in the work of British writers from Coleridge and De Quincey to Oscar Wilde and Conan Doyle. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.


"This well-written and well-researched book shows that opium consumption as depicted in nineteenth-century English literature mirrors changing attitudes toward the Orient, the 'other' that both attracts and repels."

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