Thomas penson de quincey d k w n s i 15 august 1785 8 december 1859 was an english essayist best known for his confessions of an english opium eater 1821 many scholars suggest that in publishing this work de quincey inaugurated the tradition of addiction literature in the west. Confessions of an english opium eater is an autobiographical account written by thomas de quincey about his laudanum addiction and its effect on his life the confessions was the first major work de quincey published and the one which won him fame almost overnight first published anonymously in september and october 1821 in the london magazine the confessions was released in book form . By the time thomas de quincey wrote confessions of an english opium eater the subject of narcotics was very much a taboo thus the author was the founder of a new type of literature addiction literature. Confessions of an english opium eater kindle edition by thomas de quincey download it once and read it on your kindle device pc phones or tablets use features like bookmarks note taking and highlighting while reading confessions of an english opium eater. Confessions of an english opium eater by thomas de quincey was first published anonymously in two parts by the london magazine in 1821 the following year it appeared as a novel and has been regularly reprinted ever since
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