Drugs and Literature Pre-Twentieth-Century Literature - Essay

Pre-Twentieth-Century Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Anuradha Dingwaney and Lawrence Needham

SOURCE: "A Sort of Previous Lubrication: DeQuincey's Preface to 'Confessions of An English Opium-Eater'," in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 71, No. 4, November, 1985, pp. 457-69.

[In the following essay, Dingwaney and Needham examine the "rhetorical strategies" of Thomas de Quincey's preface to his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.]

We shall endeavour to bring up our reader to the fence, and persuade him, if possible, to take a leap which still remains to be taken in this field of style. But, as we have reason to fear that he will "refuse" it, we shall wheel him round and bring...

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