Confessions Of An English Opium-Eater (1864)

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PEELIMINARY CONFESSIONS. These preliminary confessions, or introductory narrative of the youthful adventures which laid the foundation of the writer's habit of opium-eating in after life, it has been judged proper to premise, for ...
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PEELIMINARY CONFESSIONS. These preliminary confessions, or introductory narrative of the youthful adventures which laid the foundation of the writer's habit of opium-eating in after life, it has been judged proper to premise, for three several reasons: 1. As forestalling that question, and giving it a satisfactory answer, which else would painfully obtrude itself in the course of the Opium Confessions — " How came any reasonable being to subject himself to such a yoke of misery, voluntarily to incur a captivity so servile, and knowingly to fetter himself with such a seven-fold chain ? —" a question which, if not somewhere plausibly resolved, could hardly fail, by the indignation which it would be apt to raise as against an act of wanton folly, to interfere with that degree of sympathy which is necessary in any case to an author's purposes. 2. As furnishing a key to some parts of that tremendous scenery which afterwards peopled the dreams of the op:um-eater. 3 As creating some previous interest of a personal son in the confessing subject, apart from the matter of the confessions, which cannot fail to render theconfessions themselves more interesting. If a man " whose talk is of oxen" should become an opium- eater, the probability is, that (if he is not too dull to dream at all) he will dream about oxen: whereas, in the case before him, the reader will find that the opium- eater boasteth himself to be a philosopher; and accordingly, that the phantasmagoria of his dreams (waking or sleeping, day dreams or night dreams) is suitable to one who, in that character, Human! nib.il a se alienum putat. For amongst the conditions which he deems indispensable to the sustaining of any claim to the title of philosopher, is not merely the possession of a superb intellect in its ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217697088
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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PEELIMINARY CONFESSIONS. These preliminary confessions, or introductory narrative of the youthful adventures which laid the foundation of the writer's habit of opium-eating in after life, it has been judged proper to premise, for three several reasons: 1. As forestalling that question, and giving it a satisfactory answer, which else would painfully obtrude itself in the course of the Opium Confessions " How came any reasonable being to subject himself to such a yoke of misery, voluntarily to incur a captivity so servile, and knowingly to fetter himself with such a seven-fold chain ? " a question which, if not somewhere plausibly resolved, could hardly fail, by the indignation which it would be apt to raise as against an act of wanton folly, to interfere with that degree of sympathy which is necessary in any case to an author's purposes. 2. As furnishing a key to some parts of that tremendous scenery which afterwards peopled the dreams of the op:um-eater. 3 As creating some previous interest of a personal son in the confessing subject, apart from the matter of the confessions, which cannot fail to render theconfessions themselves more interesting. If a man " whose talk is of oxen" should become an opium- eater, the probability is, that (if he is not too dull to dream at all) he will dream about oxen: whereas, in the case before him, the reader will find that the opium- eater boasteth himself to be a philosopher; and accordingly, that the phantasmagoria of his dreams (waking or sleeping, day dreams or night dreams) is suitable to one who, in that character, Human! nib.il a se alienum putat. For amongst the conditions which he deems indispensable to the sustaining of anyclaim to the title of philosopher, is not merely the possession of a superb intellect in its ...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    Hopped up on Opium Confessions!

    I love Confessions of an English Opium-eater!It's one of the best books I've ever read, the way De Quincy depicts his life, along with others just takes you to where he is,what he's experiencing,feeling, everything! I think everyone who's ever considered doing drugs should read this then make their decision.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    This was very interesting and entertaining. One of my favorite b

    This was very interesting and entertaining. One of my favorite books.

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    A De Quincey Fan!

    I read Murder as a Fine Art by Thomas De Qunicey last year and found it so interesting that I had to know more about the author! What better way to learn about him than to read his "Confessions?" The book covers the pros and cons of opium use, which was a fairly common practice in De Quincey's time. He describes the nightmares he suffered as a result of the opium addiction in vivid detail, making the reader understand why De Quincey did not advocate opium use, even though he was an avid user. De Quincey's account is so real and compelling that the reader can feel the lure of opium and the devastation of its continued use. This is a quick read, but provides unusual insight to the author's mind, as well as the time period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    great book

    loved it

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