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Confessions of an English opium-eater and other writings / Thomas de Quincey ; edited with an introduction and notes by Barry Milligan.

  • De Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859
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About this work


Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) is an autobiographical account written by Thomas De Quincey, about his laudanum (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 ..." 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.


London : Penguin Books, 2003.

Physical description

xliv, 296 pages ; 19 cm.


Reprint of the original 1821 version, originally published in the London magazine; with Comments on the confessions, 1821-55 and selected passages from the 1856 revision.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references.



  • English

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  • 9780140439014