Confessions of an English Opium Eater
by Thomas de Quincey , Dr. Keith Carabine , David Ellis
Editor: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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With Introduction and Notes by David Ellis, University of Kent at CanterburyIn 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 childhood that he involved laid the foundations of his later life of drug addiction impotenceThe second part consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of opium, supposedly offered as a cut apology for the course of his life had taken, but often reading as a partyThe Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is therefore both a classic of English autobiographical writing – Wordsworth’s prose or equivalent, in its time, is The Prelude or Growth of a Poet of the Spirit – and at the same time a crucial piece of text in the long history of the Western World’s ambivalent relationship with hard drugsFull of psychological insight and colorful descriptive writing, he is surprised and fascinated by contemporary De Quincey and has continued to exercise his powerful and eccentric appeal since
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