Les Paradis artificiels

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Les Paradis Artificiels (Artificial Paradises) is a book by French poet Charles Baudelaire, first published in 1860, about the state of being under the influence of opium and hashish. Baudelaire describes the effects of the drugs and discusses the way in which they could theoretically aid mankind in reaching an "ideal" world. The text was influenced by Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Suspiria de Profundis.[1]

Les Paradis Artificiels
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AuthorCharles Baudelaire
SubjectRecreational Drug Use
PublisherAuguste Poulet-Malassis
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Baudelaire analyzes the motivation of the addict, and the individual psychedelic experience of the user. His descriptions have foreshadowed other such work that emerged later in the 1960s regarding LSD.[2]

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  1. ^ "Les Paradis artificiels". Litteratura.com. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Osborn, Catherine (1967). "Artificial Paradises: Baudelaire and the Psychedelic Experience". The American Scholar. 36 (4): 660–668.

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