Confessions of an English Opium Eater (Wordsworth Classics) by Thomas De Quincey

In the first part of this famous
work, published in 1821 but then revised and expanded in 1856, De Quincey
vividly describes a number of experiences during his boyhood which he implies
laid the foundations for his later life of helpless drug addiction. The
second part consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of
opium, ostensibly offered as a muted apology for the course his life had
taken but often reading like a celebration of it. The Confessions of an
English Opium-Eater is thus both a classic of English autobiographical
writing the prose equivalent, in its own time, of Wordsworths The Prelude or
Growth of a Poets Mind and at the same time a crucial text in the long
history of the Western Worlds ambivalent relationship with hard drugs. Full
of psychological insight and colourful descriptive writing, it surprised and
fascinated De Quinceys contemporaries and has continued to exert its powerful
and eccentric appeal ever since.

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Weight 165 g
Dimensions 125 × 12 × 192 mm
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Format

Paperback

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ISBN

1853260967

Condition

Used Good

Language

English

Pages

213

Year Published

2009

Publisher

Wordsworth Editions Ltd

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