Thomas de Quincey; His Life and Writings, with Unpublished Correspondence Volume 2

Thomas de Quincey; His Life and Writings, with Unpublished Correspondence Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...them. The clearness of his memory for facts is so evident, that his abstinence is at once seen to be due to conscious and preconceived intention. For those who read in the spirit of sympathy and imaginative reverie, this is an endless source of gratification and delight; because the intimations are essentially suggestive of those higher imaginative links which, when apprehended, afford pleasure of a deeper kind than gatherings of mere facts and details could ever give, precisely as in private friendship he Elusiveness of his Writings. 169 is your nearest friend who can divine your mood, penetrate the cause of your joy or your dejection, and can bring such comfort as is possible without the aid of words: by subtlest sympathy which cannot be defined you understand each other. De Quincey, then, reveals himself, but only indirectly and imaginatively; you do not gather his traits by the amount of facts or the relation of the facts which he gives you, but only by sympathetic insight into his way of using them. Thus only the privileged may really peep between the lines of his life as he has told it; he reveals himself by hint, by casual suggestion, but he hides himself as effectively from the critical and coldly unreceptive. Very cautious the wiser sort of critics will be in giving their ipse dixit on such elusive natures, lest it be found that they have been the victims of a joke that can be played even after death, and they be caught in the meshes of their own conceit, when they fancied they had found every stop of the pipe. And here truly is a triumph not so much of conscious ingenuity as of fine literary instinct. If it had not been for pressing necessity, as has been said, De Quincey had never written such works at all. His " Opium Confessions ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664450
  • 9781236664457