20 Aralık 2010 Pazartesi

Sir Walter Raleigh kuzeyde tütünü buldu. Tütünü pipoyla içen bu adam ingiliz soylularına tütün zevkini tanıttı.

A. N. Wilson On Tobacco Bans & Literature

In a brilliant, off the cuff article from 2007, A.N. Wilson, writer for the Telegraph, asks the question of smoking bans: "Is this the end of English literature?"

"I have been racking my brains to find a single non-smoker among the great English poets or novelists of the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th centuries. Possibly, Keats had to lay off the pipe tobacco a bit after he developed tuberculosis."

"Tennyson, who only stopped smoking in order to eat and sleep, describes in one of his letters sitting in a pub with a friend and doing very little except 'staring smokey babies' at one another."

"Sitting with my drink in such now-empty bars, my mind has turned to the great smokers of the past - to C S Lewis, who smoked 60 cigarettes a day between pipes with his friends Charles Williams (cigarette smoker) and Tolkien (pipe-smoker); to Thomas Carlyle, whose wife made him smoke in the kitchen of their house in Cheyne Row, but who is unimaginable without tobacco, to Robert Browning, who quickly adapted to the new cigarette craze, to the great John Cowper Powys, who continued to smoke cigarettes, and to produce fascinating novels, into his nineties."

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