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The Opium Eater - A Life of Thomas De Quincey [NOOK Book]

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"Scholarly, eloquent, persuasive and entertaining" The Economist

"Scholarly and entertaining...brings its extraordinary subject back to life. All amateurs of the marvellous age in which De Quincey lived will relish it." Michael Ratcliffe, The Times

The Opium Eater is the highly readable account of the life of Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859), a key Romantic author, a cult figure and the father of literary drug-culture. He was the intimate friend of Wordsworth, Coleridge and other ...
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The Opium Eater - A Life of Thomas De Quincey

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Overview

"Scholarly, eloquent, persuasive and entertaining" The Economist

"Scholarly and entertaining...brings its extraordinary subject back to life. All amateurs of the marvellous age in which De Quincey lived will relish it." Michael Ratcliffe, The Times

The Opium Eater is the highly readable account of the life of Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859), a key Romantic author, a cult figure and the father of literary drug-culture. He was the intimate friend of Wordsworth, Coleridge and other English Romantic poets. A natural rebel and loner, De Quincey discovered opium as an Oxford student and became a lifelong addict.

De Quincey's 'Confessions of an English Opium Eater' - describing the astonishing dreams, sublime and horrific, to which opium gave rise - became a world-wide sensation, influencing Baudelaire, Poe, Cocteau and Burroughs amongst others. A leading author of his time, De Quincey was dogged by scandal and debt. His revelations about the private lives of the Romantic poets plunged him into controversy, and much of his work was written whilst dodging creditors on the seedy back streets of London and Edinburgh.

This newly-revised ebook edition of the classic biography describes a strange and adventurous life, full of colourful characters in a fascinating cultural era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780957111660
  • Publisher: Crux Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    Not what one would consider a "page-turner", this biog

    Not what one would consider a "page-turner", this biography is a well constructed biography on the life of the poet Thomas De Quincy. His early life plagued by death and an austere up-bringing, De Quincey led a hard and often times tragic life. Lindop does an excellent job of presenting the compelling life of the poet. Lindop allows Thomas De Quincey's life to tell itself. He presents a factual representation of De Quincey's life, only giving suppositions when supported by research. A well written biography that I would highly recommend.

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