Thomas de Quincey

  (1785 - 1859) 

Thomas de Quincey was an opium addict and spent most of his life trying to avoid his creditors. He nevertheless managed to write several well known books including Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1822) and On Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts (1827). He was the tenant of Dove Cottage for ten years after the Wordsworths, and spent much time with the Wordsworths and their children with whom he was a particular favourite.


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