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The Resource Psychedelic prophets : the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond, edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton, and James W. Spisak

Psychedelic prophets : the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond, edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton, and James W. Spisak

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Psychedelic prophets : the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond
Title
Psychedelic prophets
Title remainder
the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond
Statement of responsibility
edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton, and James W. Spisak
Title variation
Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond
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Editor
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Language
eng
Summary
"Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was the author of nearly fifty books and numerous essays, best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World. Humphry Osmond (1917-2004) was a British-trained psychiatrist interested in the biological nature of mental illness and the potential for psychedelic drugs to treat psychoses, especially schizophrenia. In 1953, Huxley sent an appreciative note to Osmond about an article he and a colleague had published on their experiments with mescaline, which inspired an initial meeting and decade-long correspondence. This critical edition provides the complete Huxley-Osmond correspondence, chronicling an exchange between two brilliant thinkers who explored such subjects as psychedelics, the visionary experience, the nature of mind, human potentialities, schizophrenia, death and dying, Indigenous rituals and consciousness, socialism, capitalism, totalitarianism, power and authority, and human evolution. There are references to mutual friends, colleagues, and eminent figures of the day, as well as details about both men's personal lives. The letters bear witness to the development of mind-altering drugs aimed at discovering the mechanisms of mental illness and eventually its treatment. A detailed introduction situates the letters in their historical, social, and literary context, explores how Huxley and Osmond first coined the term 'psychedelic,' contextualizes their work in mid-century psychiatry, and reflects on their legacy as contributors to the science of mind-altering substances. Psychedelic Prophets is an extraordinary record of a full correspondence between two leading minds and a testment to friendship, intellectualism, empathy, and tolerance. The fact that these sentiments emerge so clearly from the letters, at a historical moment best known for polarizing ideological conflict, threats of nuclear war, and the rise of post-modernism, reveals much about the personalities of the authors and the persistence of these themes in the modern world"--
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TOH
Dewey number
823/.912
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6015.U9
LC item number
Z48 2018
Literary form
letters
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1945-
  • 1978-
  • 1894-1963
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Bisbee, Cynthia Carson
  • Bisbee, Paul
  • Dyck, Erika
  • Farrell, Patrick
  • Sexton, James
  • Spisak, James W.
  • Huxley, Aldous
  • Osmond, Humphry
Series statement
McGill-Queen's/Associated Medical Services studies in the history of medicine, health, and society
Series volume
48
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Huxley, Aldous
  • Osmond, Humphry
  • Authors, English
  • Psychiatrists
  • Hallucinogenic drugs
  • LSD (Drug)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental illness
Label
Psychedelic prophets : the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond, edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton, and James W. Spisak
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Copyright
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  • 31223134222687
  • 31223134222703
  • 31223134222695
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
lxxix, 644 pages
Isbn
9780773555068
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1077269090
Label
Psychedelic prophets : the letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond, edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton, and James W. Spisak
Publication
Copyright
Bar code
  • 31223134222687
  • 31223134222703
  • 31223134222695
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
lxxix, 644 pages
Isbn
9780773555068
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1077269090

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