Confessions of an English Opium Eater

During this outstanding autobiography, Thomas De Quincey hauntingly describes the surreal visions and hallucinatory nocturnal wanderings he took via London—and the nightmares, melancholy, and paranoia to which he grew to become prey—under the effect of the then-legal painkiller laudanum. Forging a hyperlink among creative self-expression and addiction, Confessions seamlessly weaves the consequences of gear and the character of desires, reminiscence, and mind's eye. First released in 1821, it lead the way for later generations of literary drug clients, from Baudelaire to Burroughs, and expected psychoanalysis with its insights into the subconscious.

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This paradoxical time table is principally good illustrated within the profession of the yank health care professional H. H. Kane: in 1881 he accused De Quincey of ‘hand[ing] right down to succeeding generations a mass of inventive lies’ and warned that ‘such a ebook as [the Confessions] might create a longing and open easy methods to a highway that has a definite finishing in a life’s bondage’,8 yet those reservations didn't deter him under 20 years later from calling his personal programme for curing opiate dependancy the ‘De Quincey domestic Method’.

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