Did you ever hear that the creator and writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, took LSD before he began to write?
I heard this rumour years ago and since the latest hype about the release of Tim Burton’s film edition of the book, I eventually decided to find out whether it was true. (Click HERE to view the official film trailer.)
The original edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first released in 1865. LSD was only synthesised and discovered by Albert Hofmann, accidentally (imagine that), in the year 1943.
Consequently, LSD or acid was only produced an entire 78 years after Carroll wrote the story about Alice in her dreamy little world! Myth BUSTED!
Although Carroll could not have possibly been an ‘acid bunny’, further investigation showed that he DID after all use other narcotics in order to fuel the creativity of his mind. He was known to have smoked opium, ‘pop’ liberty caps and indulge in the ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms, to be precise.
The use of illegal substances is no secret in many genres of artistic trades. Modern society has ever increasingly given recreational drug use an unashamed status of acceptance among world famous musicians, sculptors, fashion designers and painters.
I find I embrace the creativity produced by our generation and those before it, even though an artist’s methods may be ‘induced’ by drug abuse.
How do you feel about the recreational use of narcotics by some of the most amazing artists the world has ever known?