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Confessions of an English Opium Eater (original 1821; edition 2003)
by Thomas De Quincey (Author)
Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey (1821)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140439013, Paperback)
In this remarkable autobiography, Thomas De Quincey hauntingly describes the surreal visions and hallucinatory nocturnal wanderings he took through London—and the nightmares, despair, and paranoia to which he became prey—under the influence of the then-legal painkiller laudanum. Forging a link between artistic self-expression and addiction, Confessions seamlessly weaves the effects of drugs and the nature of dreams, memory, and imagination. First published in 1821, it paved the way for later generations of literary drug users, from Baudelaire to Burroughs, and anticipated psychoanalysis with its insights into the subconscious.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:58 -0400)
Determined to counter the lies about opium that had been told by travellers to the Orient and the medical profession, De Quincey describes his addiction, the consciousness altering properties of the drugs, its pleasures and its pains.
(summary from another edition)
2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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