Confesiones de un inglés comedor de opio

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Alianza Editorial, Oct 2, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 144 pages
De vida solitaria, bohemia, azarosa y, en ocasiones, trágica, THOMAS DE QUINCEY (1785-1859) colaboró en varias revistas de la época, entre ellas el London Magazine, en cuyos números de octubre y noviembre de 1821 aparecieron sus CONFESIONES DE UN INGLÉS COMEDOR DE OPIO. El enorme éxito de esas entregas facilitó su publicación en forma de libro un año más tarde (edición con la que se corresponde la presente edición y que es considerada superior a la impresa en 1856). La obra refleja la actitud ambivalente del escritor hacia el opio cadena inexorable, llave del paraíso, sustancia que comenzó a utilizar en 1804 a fin de aliviar unos fuertes dolores y de cuyos efectos nunca lograría prescindir por completo. Otras obras de Thomas De Quincey en esta colección: «Del asesinato considerado como una de las bellas artes» (L 5584), «Suspiria de profundis» (LB 1093) y «La rebelión de los tártaros» (LB 1454).

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About the author (2002)

Thomas de Quincey, born in 1785, was an English novelist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known for his Confessions of an English Opium Eater, an insightful autobiographical account of his addiction to opium. The death of de Quincey's older sister when he was seven years old shaped his life through the grief and sadness that forced him to seek comfort in an inner world of imagination. He ran away to Wales when he was 17. He then attended Oxford University. It was at Oxford that he first encountered opium, and he subsequently abandoned his study of poetry without a degree, hoping to find a true philosophy. de Quincey wrote essays for journals in London and Edinburgh in order to support his large family. His prose writings and essays contain psychological insights relevant to the modern reader of today. In addition to his voluminous works of criticism and essays, he wrote a novel, Klosterheim or The Masque. Thomas de Quincey died in 1859.