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DetailsImpressive account -- admired for its introspective penetration and journalistic astuteness -- of author's early years as a precocious student of Greek and Latin, his adventures among the outcasts and prostitutes of London, studies at Oxford University, introduction to opium in 1804 and his longterm involvement with the drug.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: English writer Thomas Penson De Quincey (17851859) wrote prolifically and in numerous fields, ranging from fiction to biography to economics, and often crossing genre boundaries in unclassifiable works that mixed exposition of others' ideas with autobiography and personal reflections. He remains best known, however, for a single work: Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1821). That work, too, was difficult to classifyit mixed autobiographical elements with description and evaluation of the effects of the addictive, analgesic, and psychoactive drug named in its title.Many scholars suggest that in publishing this work De Quincey inaugurated the tradition of addiction literature in the West. De Quincey was considered one of the greatest prose stylists of the English Romantic era, otherwise best known for poetry, and his imaginative, convoluted prose style, best exemplified in Confessions of an English Opium Eater but also on display in a great variety of other works that were widely read in 19th-century England and America, exerted a vast influence on later literary radicals such as American mystery pioneer and experimentalist Edgar Allan Poe and the French poet Charles Baudelaire.
SKU Code PRK B 3546 Weight in Kg 0.0600 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780486287423 Author Name Thomas De Quincey Publisher Name HARPER COLLINS