Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
By (author) Thomas De Quincey
Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine
Introduction and notes by David Ellis
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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
Book DescriptionWith an Introduction and Notes by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury. In the first part of this famous work, published in 1821 but then revised and expanded in 1856, De Quincey vividly describes a number of experiences during his boyhood which he implies laid the foundations for his later life of helpless drug addiction. The second part consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of opium, ostensibly offered as a muted apology for the course his life had taken but often reading like a celebration of it. The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is thus both a classic of English autobiographical writing - the prose equivalent, in its own time, of Wordsworth's The Prelude or Growth of a Poet's Mind - and at the same time a crucial text in the long history of the Western World's ambivalent relationship with hard drugs. Full of psychological insight and colourful descriptive writing, it surprised and fascinated De Quincey's contemporaries and has continued to exert its powerful and eccentric appeal ever since.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781853260964
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Apr-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Once upon a time, opium was easily available over chemist's counter. The secret of happiness, about which philosophers have disputed for so many ages, could be bought for a penny, and carried in waistcoat pocket. Paradise! So thought, the author, but he soon discovered that 'nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium'.
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