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Fitz Hugh Ludlow
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The Hasheesh Eater

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Fitz-Hugh Ludlow was a recent graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, when he vividly recorded his hasheesh-induced visions, experiences, adventures, and insights. During the mid-nineteenth century, the drug was a legal remedy for lockjaw and Ludlow had a friend at school from whom he received a ready supply. He consumed such large quantities at each sitting th ...more
Published by Irvington Pub (first published 1857)
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Oct 13, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE HASHEESH EATER. (1857). Fitz Hugh Ludlow. ****.
Ludlow was a writer of poetry, essays, travel literature, and this book on his experiences with hasheesh. It was originally published a year earlier in Putnam’s magazine. The book itself was a best seller of the times, going through several editions fairly rapidly. Ludlow was a member of the Bohemian group that gathered in Pfeffer’s Bar in NYC. I first learned of him after reading “Rebel Souls” by Justin Martin. In this book, he tells of his ‘vi
Tom Quinn
You know "that guy" you've met at parties who just discovered mushrooms and is really, really keen on telling everybody how spiritual and interconnected and alive he felt on his first drug trip? Well, imagine "that guy" had a poet's tongue and a couple of genuinely interesting insights and you'll have an idea of what to expect reading this book. I was impressed with how engaging the text is, given that it was published in 1857. The language is grand and flowery and rich, though the narrative gro ...more
David Gross
Jun 09, 2007 David Gross added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
“I recommend the Annotated Hasheesh Eater, edited by David Gross. Ludlow is outrageously erudite, sprinkling his drug tale with references to Hindu mythology, ancient Chinese folk medicine, and tenth-century Welsh royalty. Gross turns what could be maddening into a pleasure by providing helpful notations that explain the arcana.”

Justin Martin
Rebel Souls Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians (2014)
May 27, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pot-smokers, hemp-eaters
Our American DeQuincey! Fitz Hugh Ludlow is more lurid and much more hallucinatory in his writings. Great stuff!
Sara Gray
This book teetered between tedium and hilarity. On one hand, Ludlow's florid descriptions of his "fantasias" while on hashish were as purple, lush, and wild as could be imagined. It was also hilarious to note how the annoying things about getting high on marijuana--dry mouth, paranoia, high suggestibility--know no historical bounds. Ludlow was possibly the most irritating stoner friend ever, as he was wont to call up his buddies at 4AM when too much hashish made him think the devil was about to ...more
Ilmar Salaoja
Mr Ludlow spent his time acquiring potent over-the-counter hasheesh from the local apothecary, reading extracurricular amounts of oriental & ancient literature and mathematics, and tripping his balls out.

The book that resulted from these activities consists of fantastic descriptions of his visions and apparently deep thoughts on the state of our being. What is brought over to the reader is over-lengthy prose verging on self-evident drivel, while his occasional genius still manages to seep to
Mar 08, 2013 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. If you've never read a drug-induced prattle, this isn't the worst. At least it's not pretending it's novel. It is however pretending it's a faithful recollection and is obvious in wanting to be a rendering of the Arabian Nights. Shrug.
American romanticist account of the world through hasheesh trips; useful time period study as well as one of the first famous American drug-literature books. (Currently reading for a project)
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Jan 29, 2016 Iina Allonen marked it as ei-jaksa-lukia  ·  review of another edition
siirretty hyllyyn ei-jaksa-lukia, ja erittäin hyvästä syystä
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Fitz Hugh Ludlow, sometimes seen as “Fitzhugh Ludlow,” was an American author, journalist, and explorer; best-known for his autobiographical book The Hasheesh Eater (1857).


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“In absolute incommunicableness it stood apart, a thought, a system of thought which as yet had no symbol in spoken language” 1 likes
“Hasheesh is indeed an accursed drug, and the soul at last pays a most bitter price for all its ecstasies; moreover, the use of it is not the proper means of gaining any insight, yet who shall say that at that season of exaltation I did not know things as they are more truly than ever in the ordinary state? Let us not assert that the half-careless and uninterested way in which we generally look on nature is the normal mode of the soul’s power of vision. There is a fathomless meaning, an intensity of delight in all our surroundings, which our eyes must be unsealed to see.” 0 likes
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