Thomas de Quincey - book author
Thomas de Quincey was an English author and intellectual, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821).
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Thomas de Quincey is the author of books: Confessions of an English Opium Eater, On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts, Suspira de Profundis, Being a Sequel to the Confessions of an English Opium-eater (Works, Vol 16), Gli ultimi giorni di Immanuel Kant, Recollections of the Lakes and the Lake Poets, The Avenger, Last days of Immanuel Kant and other writings, Les Paradis Artificiels, Opium Et Haschisch, On Murder, Considered as One of the Fine Arts/The English Mail-coach/The Last Days of Immanuel Kant/Recollections (De Quincey, Vol 2), The English Mail Coach And Joan Of Arc
This edition is based on the original serial version of 1821, and reproduces two 'sequels', 'Suspiria de Profundis' (1845) and 'The English Mail-Coach' (1849). It also includes a critical introduction discussing the romantic figure of the addict and the tradition of confessional literature, and an appendix on opium in the nineteenth century.
Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) studied at Oxford, failing to take his degree but discovering opium. He later met Coleridge, Southey and the Wordsworths. From 1828 until his death he lived in Edinburgh and made his living from journalism.
If you enjoyed Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, you might like William S. Burroughs' Junky, available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'De Quincey was one of the first great autobiographers'
In this provocative and blackly funny essay, Thomas de Quincey considers murder in a purely aesthetic light and explains how practically every philosopher over the past two hundred years has been murdered - 'insomuch, that if a man calls himself a philosopher, and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him'.
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Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859).
Thomas de Quincey's Confessions and an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings is available in Penguin Classics.