Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Paperback)
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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Paperback)

(author), (author of introduction)
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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 03/01/2013
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD MARKS Once upon a time, opium (the main ingredient of heroin) was easily available over the chemist's counter. The secret of happiness, about which philosophers have disputed for so many ages, could be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat pocket: portable ecstasies could be corked up in a pint bottle. Paradise? So thought Thomas de Quincey, but he soon discovered that 'nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium'.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099528593
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 106 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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, he might with a stretch even be seen as an ancestor of the J.G. Ballard...turn immediately to this excellent, detailed and often harrowing biography" * 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 or more" * Glasgow Herald *
"A stimulating cocktail: exotic dream-sequences conjured up in baroque prosepoetry, camp Gothic effects worthy of Hammer Horror, classical quotations, London street-slang and sprawling footnotes on German philosophy. De Quincey served up this heady concoction of high-culture and low-life in all of his finest writings... At his best, however, he is one of the finest English prose stylists for sheer variety and opiumtinted vividness" * Mail on Sunday *
"The first - and still is the finest - literary dope fiend" * Guardian *
"It is one of the classics of 19th-century life writing and its influence is still felt" * Observer *

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