Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the Nineteenth Century” as Want to Read:
Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the Nineteenth Century
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Emperors of Dreams: Drugs in the Nineteenth Century

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Coleridge and de Quincey swilling bitter draughts of opium, Sigmund Freud and Sherlock Holmes dallying with cocaine, Baudelaire and Gautier rapt in hashish fantasies behind velvet curtains, even Queen Victoria swallowing her prescription dose of cannabis - these snapshot images are familiar, but what is the story which lies behind them? How did cannabis and cocaine, opium ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Dedalus
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Emperors of Dreams, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Emperors of Dreams

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 82)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Mike Lester
Remember the good old days when you could run down to the corner market and pick up some opium? Neither do I. Well, I guess you still can run down to the corner market and pick up some opium, but I'm sure it costs a lot more and the guy you're buying it from probably mixed dog poop into it or something else. And opium is kinda hard to find, not like pot, which seems to be falling out of the sky, and besides, I doubt the guy on the corner has any opium, but anyway... So, Emperors of Dreams. I lik ...more
Essie Fox
Fascinating and very well written indeed.
Mike Jay’s Emperors of Dreams (Dedalus Books, 2000) is a fascinating look at drugs in the 19th century. It's yet another example of the popular perception of the Victorian era as repressive and paternalistic being quite wrong. For most of the 19th century most western governments adopted the very sensible and (by today’s standards) amazingly enlightened policy of considering that if you wanted to take drugs it was your own business and that it was not the place of government to interfere. At the ...more
Erasmus marked it as to-read
May 17, 2015
Caroline marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2015
Mx.Nihil marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2015
Jas marked it as to-read
Feb 09, 2015
Collin Winter
Collin Winter marked it as to-read
May 16, 2015
Erik marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2014
Belgand marked it as to-read
Sep 02, 2014
Mila marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2014
Niko added it
Jul 15, 2014
Josh Hawthorne
Josh Hawthorne marked it as to-read
May 10, 2014
Prakriti marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2014
Félix marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2014
Courtney marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2014
Elisa marked it as to-read
Jan 11, 2014
Mark marked it as to-read
May 31, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Air Loom Gang: The Strange and True Story of James Tilly Matthews and His Visionary Madness High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture Artificial Paradises: A Drugs Reader The Atmosphere of Heaven: The Unnatural Experiments of Dr Beddoes and His Sons of Genius The Influencing Machine

Share This Book