Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics)

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics)

"I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the internal spirit! what an apocalypse of the area inside me!"

This variation offers De Quincey's 3 best essays in impassioned autobiography, edited by way of prime De Quincey student and biographer Robert Morrison.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater launched a fascination with drug use that has persevered to our day. the following De Quincey invents leisure drug taking, yet he additionally information either the lurid nightmares that beset him within the depths of his dependancy in addition to his humiliatingly futile makes an attempt to give up the drug. Suspiria de Profundis centers at the profound afflictions of De Quincey's early life, and examines the robust and infrequently paradoxical courting among medications and human creativity. In The English Mail-Coach, the tragedies of De Quincey's previous are performed out with scary repetitiveness opposed to a backdrop of england as a Protestant and an imperial energy.

Robert Morrison's advent considers opium use within the 19th century, the confession style, and the 3 works intimately, concentrating on De Quincey's centrality to his personal age and enduring relevance to our personal. Morrison additionally presents certain and complete annotation, an in depth chronology of De Quincey's existence, and the main updated and thorough bibliography at the autobiographical works. ultimately, the ebook good points 3 appendices containing manuscript fabric with regards to the 3 texts, by no means sooner than on hand in paperback.

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