Definition of John Barleycorn: a personification of barley, or of malt liquor.
Synonyms of John Barleycorn: booze, bottle, drink, alcohol, liquor, spirits, etc.
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John Barleycorn is an autobiographical novel by Jack London dealing with his enjoyment of drinking and struggles with alcoholism. It was published in 1913. The title is taken from the British folksong “John Barleycorn”.
The book is about the social facilitation of alcohol, but is also a cautionary tale about the addictive powers of alcohol and its deleterious effects on health. London describes the effects of alcohol and that it limited in developing him in a healthy way.
Alcohol was, during his period, not recognized as it is in the post-2000 period. –Wikipedia | More…