‘The secret charm of my existence; green as the moon’s light on a forest pool it
glimmers in my glass; eagerly I quaff it, and, as I drink, I dream.’
– Marie Corelli (1855-1924), “Wormwood: A Drama of Paris”
Absinthe inspired many artists and was the muse for poems, plays, short stories, and novels in the 19th century. The
most influential and popular of these was Marie Corelli’s novel “Wormwood”, a lurid Victorian
melodrama that was enormously popular both in the UK, and in the US.
A newly released modern edition of the book can be purchased here.
What inspires you?