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Confessions of an English Opium-Eaterby Thomas De Quincey
Thomas de Quincey began using laudanum (opium and alcohol) at the age of 28 for stomach pains, but soon after began using it regularly. His life eventually became a back-and-forth struggle with addiction. The later part of his life was riddled with withdrawal-induced nightmares and hallucinations, until it became impossible for de Quincey to distinguish reality from illusion. Confessions is an honest and insightful account of addiction in the 19th century from the addict's point of view. Many of the side effects of opium use that de Quncey describes were previously unknown prior to the publication of Confessions 1822.
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"Confessions of an English Opium-Eater" relates the author's early life and experiences of opium addiction, at a time when the drug was widely used for the relief of pain, and before its addictive qualities were properly understood.
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