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Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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C
ONFESSIONS
 
OF
 
 AN
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NGLISH
O
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 ATER 
by 
Thomas De Quincey 
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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 
by Thomas de Quincey 
 
is a publication of the Pennsylvania StateUniversity. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk. Neitherthe Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with the Penn-sylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within the document orfor the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 
by Thomas de Quincey 
,
the Pennsylvania State University,
Elec-tronic Classics Series 
, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18202 is a Portable Document File pro-duced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English,to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2004 The Pennsylvania State University 
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
 
3Thomas de Quincey
Confessions of anEnglish Opium-Eater
by 
Thomas De Quincey 
The first edition (London Magazine) text.1886 George Routledge and Sons edition.
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater: Being an Estract  from the Life of a Scholar.
From the “London Magazine” for September 1821.
TTTTTOOOOOTHE READER THE READER THE READER THE READER THE READER 
I
HERE
 
PRESENT
 
 YOU
, courteous reader, with the record of aremarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove not merely an interesting record,but in a considerable degree useful and instructive. In
that 
hope it is that I have drawn it up; and
that 
must be my apol-ogy for breaking through that delicate and honourable re-serve which, for the most part, restrains us from the publicexposure of our own errors and infirmities. Nothing, indeed,is more revolting to English feelings than the spectacle of ahuman being obtruding on our notice his moral ulcers orscars, and tearing away that “decent drapery” which time orindulgence to human frailty may have drawn over them; ac-cordingly, the greater part of 
our 
confessions (that is, sponta-neous and extra-judicial confessions) proceed from demireps,adventurers, or swindlers: and for any such acts of gratuitousself-humiliation from those who can be supposed in sympa-thy with the decent and self-respecting part of society, wemust look to French literature, or to that part of the German which is tainted with the spurious and defective sensibility 

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