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Musset didn't write the way he did because he drank absinthe, instead he drank for the same reason for which he wrote just like that: namely out of despair.

-August Strindberg, 1886
Tjänstekvinnans Son
(The Son of a Servant)

Absinthe history in Scandinavia

The Absinthe Ritual - How to prepare an absinthe

Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961

References to absinthe appear in several of Hemingway's famous writings, including Death In The Afternoon and For Whom The Bell Tolls. He was a great "fan" of absinthe and a bad drunk, especially with his love of guns and knives. Hemingway drank absinthe long after it was made illegal in most parts of the world, much thanks to his many visits to Spain where absinthe was readily available and produced long into the 1960's.

In Spain, he would have a few before running with the bulls in Pamplona, while it is also rumoured that he managed to have a few bottles around him while living in the United States. Hemingway also visited Cuba on several occassions where absinthe was also produced and it is more than likely that he brought bottles with him back to Florida. Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.


- absinthe books and poetry -

Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.  


- latest news and additions -

The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics. 


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