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Confessions of an English Opium Eater (Penguin Great Ideas) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Aug 2009
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"Among the best essayists of the romantic era… De Quincey may be viewed as a proto-Burroughs, as well as a British cousin to Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire, he might with a stretch even be seen as an ancestor of the J.G. Ballard...turn immediately to this excellent, detailed and often harrowing biography" (Washington Post)
"Thomas de Quincey was the original cosmonaut of inner space, his Confessions of an English Opium Eater predating the wave of drug buddy literature from William Burroughs to Irvine Welsh by half a century or more" (Glasgow Herald)
"A stimulating cocktail: exotic dream-sequences conjured up in baroque prosepoetry, camp Gothic effects worthy of Hammer Horror, classical quotations, London street-slang and sprawling footnotes on German philosophy. De Quincey served up this heady concoction of high-culture and low-life in all of his finest writings... At his best, however, he is one of the finest English prose stylists for sheer variety and opiumtinted vividness" (Mail on Sunday)
"The first - and still is the finest - literary dope fiend" (Guardian)
"It is one of the classics of 19th-century life writing and its influence is still felt" (Observer) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The original drug memoir - a true nineteenth century account of the pleasures and pains of addiction --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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De Quincey and was most surprise to learn of his early life, which was horrendously poverty-stricken. The reader sets a brisk pace never dawdling
and drawing the listened in. On the strength of side 1, would I but another set? Probably not: I was expecting opium to play a major part . However,
De Quincey writes well and I might change my mind; I've had the book for 20 plus years!
I congratulate Naxos for this issue (and Tale of a Tub) for bringing out classics of non-fiction as well as their valuable fiction recordings.
Try ebay for much of their catalogue: their recordings can be dire, because volunteers read them but, on the other hand, some ebay versions are in
the professional category. And at about £2 or £3 for say Desperate Remedies who's complaining?
Side One - a single track, over 70 minutes!
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