The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey (Google eBook)
A masterful biography of one of England’s most notorious literary figures
Author of the scandalous Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincey (1785–1859) has long lacked a full-fledged biography. His friendships with leading poets and men of letters in the Romantic and Victorian periods—including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge—have long placed him at the center of nineteenth century literary studies. His writing was a tremendous influence on Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, and William Burroughs. De Quincey is a 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 icon of English literature.
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Review: The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas De QuinceyUser Review - Tara - Goodreads
It started slowly (as do all biographies, I suppose), and I'm not wild about the author's overuse of quote fragments in practically every sentence, but this turns into a lively account of De Quincey's ... Read full review
Review: The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas De QuinceyUser Review - The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic - Goodreads
In a gesture of admiration, Charles Baudelaire devoted half of his Artificial Paradises to a translation of Thomas De Quincey's memoirs. “The work on opium has been written,” he explained, “and in a ... Read full review