Hashish, Wine, Opium

By Charles Baudelaire and Théophile Gautier

ISBN: 9781847492876

128 pages

RRP: £7.19

Among the earliest artistic descriptions of the hallucinogenic experience in European literature, the four pieces in this volume document Gautier’s and Baudelaire’s own involvement in the Club of Assassins, who met under the auspices of Dr Moreau to investigate the mind-enhancing effects of hashish, wine and opium.

As well as providing an absorbing account of nineteenth-century drug use, Hashish, Wine, Opium captures the spirit of French Romanticism in its struggle to free the mind from the shackles of the humdrum and the conventional, and serves as a fascinating prologue to the psychedelic literature of the following century.

Contains: The Opium Pipe, The Club of Assassins and Hashish by Théophile Gautier and Wine and Hashish by Charles Baudelaire

Also available The Flowers of Evil, presented here in a dual-language edition, with extra material, notes and bibliography and Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey




  • Reveals to us enchanting and visionary landscapes, and beguiles us with vegetable correspondences, musical transformations and watery expanses.

    Margaret Drabble

Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire (1821–67) is most famous for his groundbreaking collection of verse The Flowers of Evil, but his essays, translations and prose poems have been equally influential.

Théophile Gautier

The French poet, dramatist, novelist and short-story writer Théophile Gautier (1811–72) was one of the central figures of French Romantic literature and the author of influential works of fiction in the supernatural genre.