(1778-1830), a romantically dogmatic but sympathetically appreciative critic; Thomas de Quincey
(1785-1859), a capricious and voluminous author, master of a poetic prose style, best known for his 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater'; Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), the best nineteenth century English representative, both in prose and in lyric verse, of the pure classical spirit, though his own temperament was violently romantic; Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), author of some delightful satirical and humorous novels, of which 'Maid Marian' anticipated 'Ivanhoe'; and Miss Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855), among whose charming prose sketches of country life 'Our Village' is best and best-known.
(2.) Hereafter, the quotations from De Quincey's essay "A Tory's Account of Torism, Whiggism, and Radicalism" collected in volume 8 of The Works of Thomas De Quincey
are marked by the volume number and the page number; his essay "The Opium and the China Question" in volume 11 is quoted with page number alone.
GUILTY THING: A LIFE OF THOMAS DE QUINCEY
BY FRANCES WILSON NEW YORK: FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX.
Lynch demonstrates that it has been thus from the beginning--and, moreover, that the tension between literature as an edifying profession and literature as the object of love was every bit as fraught for Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Anna Seward, Thomas Warton, Thomas de Quincey
, and others as it is for us.
The romantic writer most directly associated with opium was the English opium eater Thomas De Quincey
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is the unabridged audiobook rendition of an autobiographical work by Thomas De Quincey
(1785-1859), who was prescribed the drug opium for pain relief from a chronic condition, and became an addict fascinated by his hallucinatory experiences while intoxicated.
The effects of laudanum were well described in Thomas De Quincey
's classic work Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
From his 1821 Confessions of an English Opium-Eater to his later political essays on the "China Question" dating from the 1840s and 1850s to his revised and expanded Confessions of 1856, the orientalist rhetoric of Thomas De Quincey
reveals a persistent vacillation between virulent John Bullism and an anxious, indeed fearful, entrancement with the Orient and its powers of possession and imaginative expansion.