The English Opium Eater

The English Opium Eater A Biography of Thomas De Quincey

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Publisher's Synopsis

Definitive life of the author of CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER, journalist, political commentator and biographer.

Thomas De Quincey's friendships with leading poets and men of letters in the Romantic and Victorian periods - including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas Carlyle - have long placed him at the centre of 19th-century literary studies. De Quincey also stands at the meeting point in the culture wars between Edinburgh and London; between high art and popular taste; and between the devotees of the Romantic imagination and those of hack journalism. His writing was a tremendous influence on Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, William Burroughs and Peter Ackroyd.

De Quincey is a fascinating (and 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 essayist, critic and biographer.

Book information

ISBN: 9780753827895
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 828.809
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 462
Weight: 522g
Height: 216mm
Width: 136mm
Spine width: 38mm