Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

Paperback | March 28, 2013

byThomas De Quincey

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'I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the world within me!'Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of hisaddiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug. Suspiria de Profundis centres on the deep afflictions of De Quincey's childhood, and examines the powerful and often paradoxical relationship between drugs and human creativity. In 'The English Mail-Coach', the tragediesof De Quincey's past are played out with horrifying repetitiveness against a backdrop of Britain as a Protestant and an imperial power.This edition presents De Quincey's finest essays in impassioned autobiography, together with three appendices that are highlighted by a wealth of manuscript material related to the three main texts.

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'I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the world within me!'Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confess...

Robert Morrison is the author of a critically acclaimed biography of De Quincey, The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009). He has edited volumes of De Quincey's complete Works for Pickering and Chatto, and he is the editor of On Murder, a collection of De Quincey's essays 'On Murder Con...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600619

ISBN - 13:9780199600618

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Thomas De QuinceyConfessions of an English Opium-EaterSuspiria de ProfundisThe English Mail-CoachAppendix A. Manuscript and Other Material relating to Confessions of an English Opium-EaterAppendix B. Manuscript Material relating to Suspiria de ProfundisAppendix C: Manuscript and Other Material relating to 'The English Mail-Coach'Explanatory Notes

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''The time was ripe for a new biography and Morrison has done his man proud. This is an exceptionally well-balanced account." --Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph