Confessions of An English Opium-Eater

Confessions of An English Opium-Eater

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"I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove not merely an interesting record, but in a considerable degree useful and instructive." So begins "The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater." Originally published in two parts in the "London Magazine" in 1821, it is a gripping account of one Englishman's addiction to opium. Thomas De Quincey details the effects of his opium use and in so doing warns the reader of the dangers and terrors of serious drug addiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Start Publishing LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781625580061
1625580061
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Feb 24, 2015

The alcohol/drug/recovery memoir has become so commonplace (and trite), that we forget it hasn't been around for that long. The 19th century writer Thomas de Quincey (a contemporary and friend of Coleridge and Wordsworth) vividly describes his decades of opium (which was legal) addiction and, prefiguring Freud, the dreams and subconsciousness that it unleashes. Pour yourself a cool, tall glass of laudanum and enjoy.

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