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The Confessions of an English Opium-eater: And Other Writings

The Confessions of an English Opium-eater: And Other Writings

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By (author) Thomas de Quincey, Edited by Grevel Lindop

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 15mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199537933
  • ISBN 13: 9780199537938
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 145,329

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an account of the early life and opium addiction of Thomas De Quincey, in prose which is by turns witty, conversational, and nightmarish. 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth' offers both a small masterpiece of Shakespearian interpretation and a provocative statement of De Quincey's personal aesthetic of contrast and counterpoint. Suspiria de Profundis blends autobiography and philosophical speculation into a series of dazzling prose-poems which explore the mysteries of time, memory, and suffering. 'The English Mail-Coach' develops a richly apocalyptic vision which sets nineteenth-century England's political and imperial grandeur against the suffering and loss of innocence which it entails. This selection presents De Quincey's major works in their original uncut and unrevised versions, which in some cases have not been available for many years. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater; On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth; Suspiria de Profundis; The English Mail-Coach