Confessions of an English Opium-eater
Although he was an acute literary critic, a voluminous contributor to 'Blackwood's and other journals, and a perceptive writer on history, biography and economics, Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) is best known for his 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. First published in installments in the 'London Magazine' in 1821, the work recounts 'De Quincey's early years as a precocious student of Greek, his flight from grammar school and subsequent adventures among the outcasts and prostitutes of London, studies at Oxford University and his introduction to opium in 1804 (he hoped that drug would relieve a severe headache). It was the beginning of a long-term addiction to opium, whose effects on his mind are revealed in remarkably vivid descriptions of the dreams and visions he experienced while under its influence.
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de Quincey might confess, but he does not move me. Considered an important book for its day, "Confessions" is dated and boring. It does relate to times (1820s) when unrestricted addiction was openly available. What a waste. Read full review
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