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Published: 14 February 2013

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780199600618

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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings

New Edition

Thomas De Quincey
Edited by Robert Morrison

Oxford World's Classics

  • 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.


  • 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

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