Category: 1945 – 1970

Varieties of Psychedelic Experience

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience by Robert Masters and Jean Houston

Originally published in 1966, this review of ‘The Varieties of the Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche’ by Robert Masters and Jean Houston is written from the Park Street Press 2000 edition. The authors, husband and wife, were both founding members of...

Mysticism Sacred and Profane

Mysticism Sacred and Profane by Robert Charles Zaehner

Originally published in 1957 ‘Mysticism Sacred and Profane – An Inquiry into some Varieties of Praeternatural Experience’ was written by Robert Charles Zaehner (1913-1974). The basis of the book is a refutation of Aldous Huxley’s claim that mescaline is able to produce a mystical experience in those who use the...

Alice in Acidland (1970)

Alice in Acidland – Lewis Carroll Revisited by Thomas Fensch

Originally published in 1970 ‘Alice in Acidland – Lewis Carroll Revisited’ was written by the photographer and author Thomas Fensch. Thomas Fensch opens Alice in Acidland (1970) by postulating what the response to Lewis Carroll’s original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) would have been had the book been published in...

The Peyote Dance (1976)

The Peyote Dance by Antonin Artaud

Originally published in France under the title ‘Les Tarahumaras’ (1947), ‘The Peyote Dance’ by Antonin Artaud describes the author’s experiences with Peyote and the Tarahumara in Mexico, in 1936. Written over twelve years and covering Artaud’s stay at a psychiatric hospital in Rodez, the book is an important work of...

Hayter 1968

Opium and the Romantic Imagination by Alethea Hayter

The following review of Alethea Hayter’s ‘Opium and the Romantic Imagination’ (1968) has been written by Mark Bromberg, and was originally published in Bellemeade Books. The review is republished on the Psychedelic Press UK by kind permission of the author. One of the most obvious effects of opium addiction on...

The Discovery of Love by Malden Grange Bishop

The Discovery of Love by Malden Grange Bishop

Originally published in 1963 ‘The Discovery of Love – A Psychedelic Experience with LSD-25’ written by Malden Grange Bishop, is typical, though with its own idiosyncrasies, of the LSD psychotherapy literature that was published in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As the title suggests, the context of Bishop’s single...

The Private Sea by William Braden

The Private Sea: LSD and the Search for God by William Braden

Originally published in 1967 ‘The Private Sea: LSD and the Search for God’ by William Braden is, broadly speaking, an attempt to contextualise spiritual and religious readings of the psychedelic experience in regard to other apparently contingent social movements of the time. William Braden was a journalist who, in writing...

My Self and I by Constance A. Newland

My Self and I by Constance A. Newland

Originally published in 1962 ‘My Self and I’, by American Thelma Moss, was released pseudonymously under the name Constance A. Newland. One of a number of books that came out of the psychotherapeutic application of LSD in the 1950s and also, in part, as a reaction to Aldous Huxley’s ‘The...

A Drug-Taker's Notes by Richard Heron Ward

A Drug-Taker’s Notes by Richard Heron Ward

Originally published in Britain,  A Drug-Taker’s Notes (1957) is written by the actor and playwright Richard Heron Ward. It describes 6 LSD sessions the author undertook between 1954-55, under the supervision of a medical psychiatrist identified as Dr. X (Dr Effie Lilian Hutton). Hutton was studying the effects both on herself...

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John M. Allegro

Originally published in 1970 ‘The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross’ by John M. Allegro was recently republished in 2009, by the Allegro Estate and Gnostic Media. This edition contains all notes and indices and it is from this latest, 40th anniversary edition that this review has been written, with thanks to Gnostic...

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