Before tobacco was known for dangerous carcinogens, it was believed to be a mystical, medicinal plant sent either from God or the devil himself. In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating uncover the first English encounters with the New World plant in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Find out...
When did tobacco come to England?
What were its initial social and political associations?
How did writers use it polemically & poetically?
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