Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

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"Thou has the keys of Paradise, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium!" Determined to counter the lies about opium that had been told by travellers to the Orient and the medical profession, De Quincey describes his addiction, the consciousness alteringproperties of the drug, its pleasures and its pains.

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Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) studied at Oxford, failing to take his degree but discovering opium. He later met Coleridge, Southey and the Wordsworths. From 1828 until his death he lived in Edinburgh and made his living from journalism. Barry Milligan is Professor of English at Wright State University and author of Pleasures and Pains (Virginia UP, 1995).
Published March 27, 2003 by Penguin. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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