Thomas De Quincey Further Reading

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Bate, Jonathan. “The Literature of Power: Coleridge and De Quincey.” In Coleridge's Visionary Languages: Essays in Honour of J. B. Beer, edited by Tim Fulford and Morton D. Paley, pp. 137-50. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1993.

Traces Coleridge's influence on De Quincey.

Baxter, Edmund. De Quincey's Art of Autobiography. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1990, 218 p.

Considers De Quincey's autobiographical writings as literature, rather than as direct representations of his life.

Cafarelli, Annette Wheeler. “Thomas De Quincey: The Allegory of Everyday Life.” In Prose in the Age of Poets: Romanticism and Biographical Narrative from Johnson to De Quincey, pp. 151-91. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

Examines De Quincey's reminiscences of Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Groves, David. “Climbing the Post: Thomas De Quincey as a Newspaper Editor, 1827-28.” The Wordsworth Circle, 29, No. 2 (Spring 1998): 126-31.

Discusses De Quincey's anonymous writings for the Edinburgh Saturday Post and Edinburgh Evening Post.

Levin, Susan M. “Thomas De Quincey: Confessions of an Opium-Eater.” In The Romantic Art of Confession: De Quincey, Musset, Sand, Lamb, Hogg, Frémy, Soulié, Janin, pp. 18-41. Columbia: Camden House, 1998.

Argues that De Quincey's autobiographical Opium-Eater is his most successful literary character.

McDonagh, Josephine. De Quincey's Disciplines. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994, 209 p.

Traces De Quincey's formulation of the disciplines of political economy, literary criticism, linguistics, and aesthetics, and their interrelationships.

McFarland, Thomas. “De Quincey's Journey to the End of the Night.” In Romantic Cruxes: The English Essayists and the Spirit of the Age, pp. 90-122. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987.

Identifies the tropes of addiction and introspective fantasy which animate De Quincey's writing as paradigmatically Romantic.

Morrisson, Robert. “‘I hereby present you, courteous reader’: The Literary Presence of Thomas De Quincey.” The Charles Lamb Bulletin, New Series No. 90 (April 1995): 68-72.

A general introduction to the critical reception of De Quincey's work.

North, Julian. De Quincey Reviewed: Thomas De Quincey's Critical Reception, 1821-1994. Columbia: Camden House, 1997, 179 p.

Surveys the diverse reviews and literary criticism of De Quincey.

Plumtree, A. S. “The Artist as Murderer: De Quincey's ‘Essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts'.” Thomas De Quincey: Bicentenary Studies, edited by Robert Lance Snyder, pp. 140-63. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Contends that De Quincey's essay on murder reflects his elaboration of Romantic...

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