Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

Author: Thomas De Quincey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199600619

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

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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.

Great Ideas Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Author: De_quincey Thomas

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 014104389X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 0

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Describing the surreal hallucinations, insomnia and nightmarish visions he experienced while consuming daily large amounts of laudanum, Thomas De Quincey's legendary account of the pleasures and pains of opium forged a link between artistic self-expression and addiction, and paved the way for later generations of literary drug-takers from Baudelaire to Burroughs. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Author: Thomas De Quincey

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0192836544

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

View: 1737


Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an account of the early life and opium addiction of Thomas De Quincey, in prose which is by turns witty, conversational, and nightmarish. 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth' offers both a small masterpiece of Shakespearian interpretation and a provocative statement of De Quincey's personal aesthetic of contrast and counterpoint. Suspiria de Profundis blends autobiography and philosophical speculation into a series of dazzling prose-poems which explore the mysteries of time, memory, and suffering. 'The English Mail-Coach' develops a richly apocalyptic vision which sets nineteenth-century England's political and imperial grandeur against the suffering and loss of innocence which it entails. This selection presents De Quincey's major works in their original uncut and unrevised versions, which in some cases have not been available for many years.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Aziloth Books)

Author: Thomas de Quincy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908388698

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 124

View: 7031


Written in 1821, 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater' brought literary fame and not a little notoriety to Thomas de Quincy. It blew the lid on widespread opium addiction in Regency England, 'outing' such worthies as Dr Abernethy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wilberforce. 'Confessions' recounts the author's privileged public school days, his defiant truancy which led ultimately to a life of penury in London and to his rescue by, and romance with, a young prostitute. It is an intensely personal portrayal of narcotic dependence, filled with humanity, humour and beautiful prose. This classic work is essential reading for all those interested in the history and psychology of drug use, and its part in helping to open 'the doors of perception'.