By Frances Wilson
Thomas De Quincey - opium-eater, star journalist, doppelgänger – is embedded in our tradition. Modelling his personality on Coleridge and his sensibility on Wordsworth, De Quincey took over the poet's former cottage in Grasmere and became it into an opium den. the following, more and more indifferent from the realm, he nurtured his turning out to be hatred of his former idols and his obsession with homicide as one of many superb arts.
De Quincey may well by no means have felt the equivalent of the giants of the Romantic Literature he so worshipped however the writing kind he pioneered – scripted and sculptured emotional memoir – was once to motivate generations of writers: Dickens, Dostoevsky, Virginia Woolf. James Joyce knew complete pages of his paintings off through center and he used to be arguably the daddy of what we now name psychogeography.
This astounding biography, the produce of meticulous scholarship and fantastically supple prose, tells the riches-to-rags tale of a determine of amazing complexity and wonderful originality, whose rackety existence was once lived at the run, and either brings De Quincey and his martyred yet wild soul triumphantly to existence and firmly establishes Frances Wilson within the entrance rank of latest biographers.
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