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The Seven Sisters of Sleep: The Celebrated Drug Classic

Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
10/1/1997

The Seven Sisters of Sleep: The Celebrated Drug Classic Overview

This groundbreaking survey, written in 1860, is a radically open-minded look at the use of drugs across the world and throughout the ages. Early users of tobacco in Russia would have their noses cut off and repeat offenders their heads. Pope Innocent XII excommunicated any who used it in St. Peters. Marijuana users in 14th century Egypt would have their teeth extracted for the crime. Yet use of these and other forbidden substances continued to grow. If only as a record of the perennial failure of harsh punishments to deter drug use Victorian naturalist Mordecai Cooke's work The Seven Sisters of Sleep would remain significant. But Cooke's natural humor and keen insights have ensured this work's reputation as possibly the best early book from what has grown into an enormous body of literature on mind- and mood-altering substances. Written at a time, similar to our own, when drug use was being reconsidered, The Seven Sisters of Sleep is a thought-provoking and open-minded look at the use of drugs across the world and throughout the ages.  Quite popular in its day and a major influence on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this is an important book for anyone interested in an unbiased account of humanity's long involvement with psychoactive, hallucinogenic, and stimulant plants. 


The Seven Sisters of Sleep: The Celebrated Drug Classic Table Of Content


Foreword

Prefatory Premonition


1 Somewhat Fabulous
2 The Sisters of Old
3 The Wond'rous Weed
4 The Cabinet of Cloudland
5 Pipeology
6 Sniffing and Sneeshin
7 Quid Pro Quo
8 A Race Of Pretenders
9 "Mash Allah" - The Gift
10 The Gates of Paradise
11 Revels and Reveries
12 Pandemonium
13 Opium Morals
14 False Prophets
15 Nepenthes
16 Gunja at Home
17 Hubble-Bubble
18 Siri and Pinang
19 Under the Palms
20 Chewing the Coon
21 Our Lady of Yongas
22 Whitewash and Clay
23 Precious Metals
24 Datura and Co.
25 The Exile of Siberia
26 Odds and Ends

Appendix


The Seven Sisters of Sleep: The Celebrated Drug Classic Editorial Reviews

Psychedelic Press

"The Seven Sisters of Sleep is as its tagline suggests, a 'drug classic'. No one with an interest in drug-related literature should be without a copy. Though, statistically speaking, it may not be a highly reliable source, it offers much, much more. As a cultural analysis, breathing life into the varied consumption of drugs across the globe, from a time of burgeoning understanding, it is reminder of what is perennial in humanity. Beautifully written, entertaining, educational, and revealing. Outstanding book."

From the Publisher


"The Seven Sisters of Sleep is as its tagline suggests, a 'drug classic'. No one with an interest in drug-related literature should be without a copy. Though, statistically speaking, it may not be a highly reliable source, it offers much, much more. As a cultural analysis, breathing life into the varied consumption of drugs across the globe, from a time of burgeoning understanding, it is reminder of what is perennial in humanity. Beautifully written, entertaining, educational, and revealing. Outstanding book."


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The Seven Sisters of Sleep: The Celebrated Drug Classic

Book Info

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9781620550557
  • ISBN-10: 1620550555
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Approx Price: $6.00
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