Thomas de QuinceyWriter
Born: 15 August 1785
Died: 8 December 1859
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Best known as: Author of Confessions of an English Opium Eater
Thomas de Quincey was an English writer and a member of the snappy group of 19th-century writers and pals that included Samuel Taylor Coleridge
, William Wordsworth
, William Hazlitt, and Charles Lamb. De Quincy ran away from home at a tender age, then got himself addicted to opium. It proved to be an excellent career move, as it resulted in his 1821 magazine serial Confessions of an English Opium Eater
. The series was a smash and made his reputation. During his career he wrote primarily for journals and magazines, including the famous Blackwood's
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