Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Conduct Of Life, Drug Culture, Interior Lives, Philosophy


De Quincey wrote his famous Confessions at a time when opium was a seasily available as aspirin today, and almost as frequently used, and when its dangers were not understood. Though something of a fugitive from respectable society, he shared his addiction with some of the most distinguished men of his age. But the confessions are not about drug-addiction. 'They are a meditation on the mechanism of the imagination, an exploration of the interior life of an altogether exceptional being.' Brilliantly gifted and charming, De Quincey suffered from what he himself called 'a chronic passion of anxiety' which led him from the security and success he might have enjoyed into the direst povery, and into the experiences which form the subjects of the terrible, drug-induced dreams he describes so superbly.