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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

New Edition

Thomas De Quincey
Edited by Robert Morrison

February 2013

ISBN: 9780199600618

384 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Suspiria de Profundis, and 'The English Mail-Coach' are De Quincey's finest essays in autobiography, published here with three appendices containing a wealth of related manuscript material and a comprehensive introduction and notes.

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Suspiria de Profundis, and 'The English Mail-Coach' are De Quincey's finest essays in autobiography, published here with three appendices containing a wealth of related manuscript material and a comprehensive introduction and notes.

  • A new edition by De Quincey scholar and biographer Robert Morrison of De Quincey's finest autobiographical essays, which describe his early life and opium addiction.
  • The only paperback edition to include manuscript material related to the three main texts as well as other material, including letters and prefaces, in appendices.
  • Introduction considers opium use in the nineteenth century, the confession genre, and the three works in detail, focusing on De Quincey's centrality to his own age and enduring relevance to our own.
  • Extensive chronology of De Quincey's life and the most up-to-date and and thorough bibliography on his autobiographical works.
  • Detailed and comprehensive annotation, including new information and identifications previously unnoticed.

New to this edition

  • Three appendices containing manuscript material related to the three texts, never before published in paperback.
  • All new editorial material by new editor Robert Morrison: introduction, note on the text, chronology, bibliography, explanatory notes
  • Newly set text

About the Author(s)

Thomas De Quincey

Edited by Robert Morrison, Professor of English Literature, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Robert Morrison is the author of a critically acclaimed biography of De Quincey, The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009). He has edited volumes of De Quincey's complete Works for Pickering and Chatto, and he is the editor of On Murder, a collection of De Quincey's essays 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' and other writings for OWC. He has also co-edited with Chris Baldick Polidori's The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre for OWC.

Table of Contents

    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
    Appendix A. Manuscript and Other Material relating to Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
    Appendix B. Manuscript Material relating to Suspiria de Profundis
    Appendix C: Manuscript and Other Material relating to 'The English Mail-Coach'
    Explanatory Notes

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