Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

Author: Thomas De Quincey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199600619

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Suspiria de Profundis, and 'The English Mail-Coach' are De Quincey's finest essays in autobiography, published here with three appendices containing a wealth of related manuscript material and a comprehensive introduction and notes.

Confessions of an English Opium-eater

Author: Thomas De Quincey

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853260964

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

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A work, published in 1821, in which the author describes a number of experiences during his boyhood which he implies laid the foundations for his later life of helpless drug addiction. Full of psychological insight and descriptive writing, it consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of opium.

Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Author: Thomas De Quincey

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141043890

Category: Authors, English

Page: 128

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In this selection for Penguin's Great Ideas series, De Quincey discusses his opium addiction, tells how it began, and reveals how his life progressed while under the spell of this habit.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Author: Thomas De Quincy

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1446546640

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 434

View: 4189

This vintage book comprises 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater'; an autobiographical account of Thomas De Quincey's opium addiction and the effect that it had on his life. This text was the first major book that De Quincey published, and one that made him famous in a very short period of time. De Quincey's Confessions assumed an authoritative influence on the public, as well as scientific opinion of opium for several generations. It went through almost innumerable editions and revisions despite the fact that he was generally criticised for putting too much emphasis on the positive aspects of opium intoxication. Thomas Penson De Quincey (1785 – 1859) was an English essayist who was most renowned for writing this book. We are republishing this vintage work now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Annotated)

Author: Thomas de Quincey

Publisher: N.A



Page: 94

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Differentiated book- It has a historical context with research of the time-The purpose of realizing this historical context is to approach the understanding of a historical epoch from the elements provided by the text. Hence the importance of placing the document in context. It is necessary to unravel what its author or authors have said, how it has been said, when, why and where, always relating it to its historical moment.Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) is an autobiographical account written by Thomas De Quincey about his addiction to laudanum and its effect on his life. The Confessions was "the first great work published by De Quincey and the one that earned him fame almost overnight ..."First published anonymously in September and October 1821 in the London Magazine, the Confessions was released in book form in 1822, and again in 1856, in an edition reviewed by De Quincey.As originally published, De Quincey's account was organized in two parts: Part I begins with a notice "To the reader", to establish the narrative framework: "Here I present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life ...", followed by the substance of Part I, Preliminary confessions, dedicated to the author's childhood and youth, and focused on the emotional and psychological factors that underlie

The English Opium Eater

Author: Robert Morrison

Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

ISBN: 9780297852797

Category: Authors, English

Page: 462

View: 7397

Author of the famous and semi-scandalous CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER, Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) has long lacked a fully fledged biography. His friendships with leading poets and men of letters in the Romantic and Victorian periods - including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas Carlyle - have long placed him at the centre of 19th-century literary studies. De Quincey also stands at the meeting point in the culture wars between Edinburgh and London; between high art and popular taste; and between the devotees of the Romantic imagination and those of hack journalism. He was a man who engaged with nearly every facet of literary culture, including the roles played by publishers, booksellers and journalists in literary production, dissemination and evaluation. His writing was a tremendous influence on Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, William Burroughs and Peter Ackroyd. De Quincey is a fascinating (and topical) figure for other reasons too: a self-mythologizing autobiographer whose attitudes to drug-induced creativity and addiction strike highly resonant chords for a contemporary readership. Robert Morrison's biography passionately argues for the critical importance and enduring value of this neglected essayist, critic and biographer.