Broadview Edition of De Quincey’s Confessions now available

Joel Faflak’s edition of Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater has been published this spring by Broadview Press. Margaret Russett calls it “by far the best paperback edition of De Quincey’s Confessions ever to be published.” Paul Youngquist observes that “the chief glory of this edition is its unflinching discussion of the history of opium as anodyne. Marshalling a wide array of primary material, Faflak reveals how eating opium—and writing about it—can be an activity rife with cultural implications and philosophical possibilities.” Here is the table of contents:


Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Appendix A: Related Texts and Prefaces

  1. From Charles Lamb, “Confessions of a Drunkard” (1813)
  2. From Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan” (1816)
  3. From “Letter from the English Opium Eater,” London Magazine (1821)
  4. From Appendix to Confessions of An English Opium-Eater, London Magazine (1822)
  5. From General Preface to Selections Grave and Gay (1853)
  6. From the Explanatory Notice to Volume Four of Selections Grave and Gay (1854)
  7. From Prefatory Notice to Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1856)
  8. From “The Dark Interpreter” (1845?)
  9. Manuscript list for proposed plan of Suspiria de Profundis
  10. From William Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850)

Appendix B:  Reviews, Letters, Notes

Appendix C: The Opium Question: History and Politics

  1. From Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, The Six Voyages of John Baptista Tavernier (1677)
  2. From Sir John Chardin, The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (1686)
  3. From William Marsden, The History of Sumatra (1783)
  4. From Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population (1806)
  5. From David Ricardo, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1817)
  6. From R.R. Madden, Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia, and Palestine (1833)
  7. From John Francis Davis, The Chinese: A General Description of The Empire of China and Its Inhabitants (1836)
  8. From Samuel Morewood, A Philosophical and Statistical History of the Inventions and Customs of Ancient and Modern Nations in the Manufacturing and Use of Inebriating Liquors (1838)
  9. From W.H. Medhurst, China: Its State and Prospects, with Especial Reference to the Spread of the Gospel (1838)
  10. From Rev. Algernon S. Thelwall, The Iniquities of the Opium Trade with China (1839)
  11. From Thomas De Quincey, “The Opium and the China Question,” Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1840)

Appendix D: The Opium Question: Medicine and Psychology

  1. From Andrew Baxter, An Enquiry into the Nature of the Human Soul (1737)
  2. From George Young, A Treatise on Opium, Founded upon Practical Observations (1753)
  3. From John Awsiter, An Essay on the Effects of Opium (1767)
  4. From Samuel Crumpe, An Inquiry into the Nature and Properties of Opium (1793)
  5. From “Dreams,” Encyclopædia Britannica (1797)
  6. From Thomas Trotter, A View of the Nervous Temperament (1807)
  7. From Robert Macnish, The Anatomy of Drunkenness (1827)
  8. From “The Narcotics We Indulge In,” Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1853)
  9. From Mordecai C. Cooke, The Seven Sisters of Sleep (1860)
  10. From Henry Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life (1923)

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