Posts Tagged: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge had a Gas

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In the early 1800s, anyone who was anyone in British high society was part of a hot new trend: inhaling laughing gas. The Public Domain Review takes a look at the nitrous oxide fad and some of its more prominent practitioners, including the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

As Coleridge inhaled and felt its warmth diffusing through his body, he did not reach for extravagant metaphors but stated precisely that the sensation resembled ‘that which I remember once to have experienced after returning from the snow into a warm room’.

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The Weird, Sad, Beautiful Lives of “Wayward Authors”

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Writers aren’t exactly known for taking the road more traveled by, and the authors profiled in Andrew Shaffer’s Literary Rogues are no exception.

There’s Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s proclivity for opium, Gustave Flaubert’s exhibitionism, and of course, Oscar Wilde’s love that dare not speak its name.

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