Confessions Of An English Opium-Eater

Confessions Of An English Opium-Eater

by Thomas De Quincey
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Confessions Of An English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey

Nightmares, confessions, hallucinations, and laudanum-induced fears—Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater remains an influential autobiography studied by psychologists, addiction specialists, historians and sociologists alike. Published in 1821, De Quincey’s debut work on his own addiction and the effects of drugs on creativity set a unique tone for modern literature.

Revealing the power of the subconscious and freedom of artistic self-expression, De Quincey shares the pleasures of opium, along with the struggles of addiction and the ability of the human imagination. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’s overwhelming success influenced writers such as Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe and William S. Burroughs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443432740
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 956,846
File size: 331 KB

About the Author

Despite being born into a wealthy family, Thomas De Quincey had a difficult childhood. He was forced to move quite often, and his father passed away when he was only eight years old. He attended several prestigious schools before running away when he was seventeen, returning home several months later. De Quincy studied at Oxford University for a short while, but he soon became addicted to opium, and dropped out in 1807; he would suffer from this addiction for the rest of his life. In 1821, De Quincey’s struggles inspired him to write Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, which was published in London Magazine and served as a professional breakthrough for him. After his wife passed away in 1837, De Quincey’s addiction became dramatically worse and his finances suffered as a result. He managed to write several more books, including a second memoir, Suspiria de Profundis, before passing away in 1859.

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Confessions of an English Opium Eater 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very interesting and entertaining. One of my favorite books.
LadyBadness More than 1 year ago
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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loved it
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Joe is caca and poop 4 stars!!!!