Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0199600619

ISBN-13: 9780199600618

Edition: 2013

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Description: 'I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the world within me!'Thomas De Quincey'sConfessions of an English Opium-Eater(1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In theConfessionsDe Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of his addiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug.Suspiria de Profundiscentres on the deep afflictions of De Quincey's childhood, and examines the powerful and often paradoxical relationship between drugs and human creativity. In 'The English Mail-Coach', the tragedies of De Quincey's past are played out with horrifying repetitiveness against a backdrop of Britain as a Protestant and an imperial power.This edition presents De Quincey's finest essays in impassioned autobiography, together with three appendices that are highlighted by a wealth of manuscript material related to the three main texts.

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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.Robert Morrison is Queen�e(tm)s National Scholar at Queen�e(tm)s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Thomas De Quincey
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Suspiria de Profundis
The English Mail-Coach
Manuscript and Other Material relating to Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Manuscript Material relating to Suspiria de Profundis
Manuscript and Other Material relating to 'The English Mail-Coach'Explanatory
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