'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's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De 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 Profundis centres 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
The master essayist Thomas De Quincey, famous for his ‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’, produced a large body of writing, including works in history, fiction, political economy and biography. This comprehensive eBook presents De Quincey’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to De Quincey’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the books
* ALL the published books, with individual contents tables
* Rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Includes both the first edition text of ‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ and the later revised and extended edition of 1856 – available in no other collection
* Includes De Quincey’s rare essays
* Features a bonus biography - discover De Quincey’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Books
CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER (ORIGINAL 1821 TEXT)
CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER (REVISED 1856 TEXT)
POPULAR TALES AND ROMANCES OF THE NORTHERN NATIONS
WALLADMOR
KLOSTERHEIM, OR THE MASQUE
THE GALLERY OF PORTRAITS
RECOLLECTIONS OF THE LAKE POETS
REVOLT OF THE TARTARS
THE AVENGER: A NARRATIVE
THE LOGIC OF THE POLITICAL ECONOMY
SUSPIRIA DE PROFUNDIS
THE ENGLISH MAIL-COACH
JOAN OF ARC
THE CAESARS
AUTOBIOGRAPHIC SKETCHES
SELECTIONS GRAVE AND GAY
CHINA
NOTE BOOK OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER
MEMORIALS AND OTHER PAPERS
ANALECTS FROM RICHTER
INTRODUCTION TO ‘DE BELLO GALLICO AND OTHER COMMENTARIES OF CAIUS JULIUS CAESAR’
THE UNCOLLECTED WRITINGS OF THOMAS DE QUINCEY
THE POSTHUMOUS WORKS OF THOMAS DE QUINCEY

The Essays
BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS
THEOLOGICAL ESSAYS AND OTHER PAPERS
MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS
NARRATIVE AND MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS

The Biography
THOMAS DE QUINCEY by Leslie Stephen

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'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's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De 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 Profundis centres 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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