The English Opium Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Feb 14, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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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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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

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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

Contents

The Sphinxs Riddle
The Ray of a New Morning
Down and Out in Manchester and London
Letters of a Young
High Culture
Lives of the Poets
The Road of Excess
Urban Intellectual
Tales of Terror
Lasswade
The End of Night
Recollected
The Aggregate of Human Life
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Robert Morrison is recognized as a world-class scholar of Romantic and Victorian literature. He is the editor of De Quincey’s On Murder (Oxford). Robert is currently a professor of literature at Queen’s University in Ontario.

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