De Quincey's best-known book. According to Wikipedia: "Thomas de Quincey (15 August 1785 - 8 December 1859) was an English author and intellectual, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821). ... His immediate influence extended to Edgar Allan Poe, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Charles Baudelaire, and Nikolai Gogol, but even major 20th century writers such as Jorge Luis Borges admired and claimed to be partly influenced by his work. Berlioz also loosely based his Symphonie Fantastique on Confessions of an English Opium Eater, drawing on the theme of the internal struggle with one's self. De Quincey is also referred to in the Sherlock Holmes short story The Man with the Twisted Lip."
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The Floating Press Ltd.
March 31, 2009
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