Out on 05 September 2019

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Thomas De Quincey

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05 September 2019
9781509899791
128 pages
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Confessions of an English Opium Eater is considered to be the first published autobiography to explore the lure and effects of addiction. Explosive and unforgiving, De Quincy describes in searing detail the pleasure, pain and mind expanding powers of opium. This edition of Confessions of an English Opium Eater is introduced by biographer, critic and academic Dr Frances Wilson, author of Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey.

In Confessions of an English Opium Eater, Thomas De Quincey takes us on a journey from his grammar school childhood to his homeless adolescence in Wales, from befriending prostitutes during his nocturnal wanderings in London to enrolling at Oxford University only to drop out when his drug use overcame him. Thrust into a disorientating world of extreme euphoria and vivid nightmares, De Quincey’s life story is both unpredictable and deeply personal.

Among the best essayists of the Romantic era . . . De Quincey may be viewed as a proto-Burroughs, as well as a British cousin to Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire

Washington Post

Thomas de Quincey was the original cosmonaut of inner space, his Confessions of an English Opium Eater predating the wave of drug buddy literature from William Burroughs to Irvine Welsh by half a century of more

Glasgow Herald

A stimulating cocktail: exotic dream sequences conjured up in baroque prose-poetry, camp Gothic effects worthy of Hammer Horror, classical quotations, London street-slang and sprawling footnotes on German philosophy

Mail on Sunday