Confessions of an Opium-Eater: De Quincey, Thomas Confessions of an Opium-Eater: De Quincey, Thomas Confessions of an Opium-Eater: De Quincey, Thomas

Confessions of an Opium-Eater

De Quincey, Thomas

Published by James Hogg, 1856
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Octavo (7 3/8 x 5"). XV, [1], 290pp. Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine. "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater" is an autobiographical account written by Thomas De Quincey, about his opium and alcohol 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." (Judson S. Lyon, Thomas de Quincey, New York, Twayne, 1969; p. 91) First published anonymously in September and October 1821 in the London Magazine, the "Confessions" was released in book form in 1822, and again in 1856, in an edition revised by De Quincey himself (our copy). In the early 1850s, De Quincey prepared the first collected edition of his works for publisher James Hogg. For that edition, he undertook a large-scale revision of the "Confessions," more than doubling the work's length. Most notably, he expanded the opening section on his personal background, until it consumed more than two-thirds of the whole. Yet he gave the book "a much weaker beginning" and detracted from the impact of the original with digressions and inconsistencies; "the verdict of most critics is that the earlier version is artistically superior" (Judson S. Lyon, Thomas de Quincey, New York, Twayne, 1969; p. 94). "De Quincey undoubtedly spoiled his masterpiece by revising it. anyone who compares the two will prefer the unflagging vigour and tension of the original version to the tired prosiness of much of the revised one" (Alethea Hayter's Introduction to the Penguin edition, p. 22).Binding rubbed along edges, with sporadic abrasion to calf. Minor and sporadic foxing to very first leaves. Binding in overall good- to good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Confessions of an Opium-Eater
Publisher: James Hogg
Publication Date: 1856
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: g to vg
Edition: First revised edition, enlarged.

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