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Hashish Eaters Club Members

By David Jenison

Hashish Eaters Club Members

Participants in the Hashish Eaters Club included creative minds that are still famous today. 

Novelist Alexandre Dumas penned such literary classics as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, and the later book channeled the club directly when the character Sinbad the Sailor gives an aristocrat a green hashish paste to take him “into paradise.” Author Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Notre-Dame Cathedral coincidentally sits mere minutes away from where the club members met. Other hashish eaters included La Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy) scribe Honoré de Balzac, Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) poet Charles Baudelaire, Les Filles du Feu (The Daughters of Fire) poet Gérard de Nerval and French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix, who painted the iconic Liberty Leading the People (image above). Club members also published works that directly dealt with hashish and cannabis. C

lub founder Dr. Jacques-Joseph Moreau wrote Du Hachisch Et de L'Alienation Mentale: Etudes Psychologiques (Hashish and Mental Illness: Psychological Studies), club co-founder Théophile Gautier penned Le Club des Hashischins, and Baudelaire wrote Les Paradis Artificiels (Artificial Paradises). In a twisted side note, occultist Aleister Crowley (of Ozzy Osbourne “Mr. Crowley” fame) translated Artificial Paradises into English.

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