Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the English essayist Thomas De Quincey, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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Introduction & Literary Criticism

"Thomas De Quincey." A brief biography of De Quincey from Victorian Web, ed. Prof. George P. Landow.

"Thomas De Quincey." Quite old literary criticism, from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-21).

Jackson, Richard. "James Hogg and The Unfathomable Hell." On the Scottish author James Hogg, who had a "perfect horror" of the effects opium. Romanticism on the Net 28 (2002).

Logan, Peter Melville. A complete, book-length critical study, Nerves and Narratives: A Cultural History of Hysteria in 19th-Century British Prose (Univ. of California Press 1997). Writes Logan, "The British middle class of the early nineteenth century was defined by its nervous complaints - hysteria, hypochondria, vapours, melancholia, and other maladies. Peter Melville Logan explores the link between medical theories of nervous physiology and narrative issues central to the literary writing of the period." Covers William Godwin, Maria Edgeworth, De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, and George Eliot's treatment of medicine in Middlemarch. California Digital Library.

Morrison, Robert, ed. A review of Richard Woodhouse's Cause Book: The Opium-Eater. Reviewed by David Hogsette in Romanticism on the Net 21 (2001).

North, Julian. A review of De Quincey Reviewed: Thomas De Quincey's Critical Reception, 1821-1994 (Camden House, 1997). Reviewed by Robert Morrison in Romanticism on the Net 13 (February 1999).

O'Quinn, Daniel. "Ravishment Twice Weekly: De Quincey's Opera Pleasures." Romanticism on the Net, special issue on Opera and Nineteenth-Century Literature 34/35 (May/August 2004).

Roberts, Daniel Sanjiv. "Not 'Forsworn with Pink Ribbons': Hannah More, Thomas De Quincey, and the Literature of Power." Romanticism on the Net 25 (February 2002).

Roberts, Daniel Sanjiv. A review of Revisionary Gleam: De Quincey, Coleridge the High Romantic Argument. Reviewed by Laura Roman in Romanticism on the Net 20 (November 2000).

Russett, Margaret. A review of De Quincey's Romanticism: Canonical Minority and the Forms of Transmission (Cambridge UP, 1997). Reviewed by Robert Morrison in Romanticism on the Net.


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