Selections from de Quincey

Selections from de Quincey

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Selections from de Quincey

Selections from de Quincey

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This volume contains — besides the Confessions, several of the Suspiria, and other popular pieces— the most important parts of De Quincey’s Autobiographic Sketches and some of his most interesting Literary Reminiscences. It is hoped that the selections will serve to illustrate prettyfully De Quincey’s varied literary activity, while at the same time they throw light upon his life and character. A portion of the Introduction is devoted to the study of his personality. The text adopted is, except in the case of the Confessions, the latest to which De Quincey gave his approval. For the use of the original Confessions in place of the greatly enlarged version of 1856, there appears to be a better excuse than that of brevity. As will be pointed out in the Introduction, it is at least a question whether the earlier form had not the preference of the author himself.

The editor takes pleasure in acknowledging in this place some obligations incurred during the preparation of this volume and not specifically mentioned elsewhere. My debt to the general editors is very considerable. I have to thank for assistance on the Notes Professor F. P. Nash of Hobart College, and Professor J. C. Kirtland, Jr., of The Phillips Academy, Exeter, N.H. Some valuable . . .

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