De Quincey

  1. English writer who described the psychological effects of addiction to opium (1785-1859)
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  • Else I should plunge _in medias res_ upon a sketch of De Quincey's life; were it not a rudeness amounting to downright profanity to omit the important ceremony of prelibation, and that at a banquet to which, implicitly, gods are invited. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863
  • But," in the words of De Quincey, "no man can be truly _great_, without at least chequering his life with solitude. Western Characters or Types of Border Life in the Western States
  • In our day De Quincey would have been the greatest magazinist of the age, because his best work was in the short essay; but it is to be feared that the publishers of his time fattened on the good things which he produced and gave small sums to the man who turned out these masterpieces with so little effort. Modern English Books of Power
  • The transition from De Quincey's childhood to his opium-experiences is as natural, therefore, as from strophe to antistrophe in choral antiphonies. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863
  • Like De Quincey, on the other hand, Sharp delights in "fine writing," in both senses of the phrase, in the "highfalutin" that is objectionable, and in the ornately beautiful that is one fitting expression of romantic thought. Irish Plays and Playwrights
  • As regards all these three elements, De Quincey's childhood was prosperous; afterwards, vicissitudes came, -- mighty changes capable of affecting all other transmutations, but thoroughly impotent to annul the inwrought grace of a pre-established beauty. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863
  • De Quincey remarks that impressions do not come to us singly, be it a lightning bolt or sunshine: they are bound up in compound experiences which he calls 'involutes' -- patterns that spiral inwards like the stairwells in Piranesi's dungeons. open Democracy News Analysis - Comments
  • It was the habit of the eighteenth century to judge poetry by its form alone; the nineteenth judged it by the spirit which inspired it, by that which, as De Quincey puts it, was "incarnated" in a work of art. Personality in Literature
  • But where he set his stamp has been upon style; style in its widest sense, not merely on the grammar and mechanism of writing, but on what De Quincey described as its _organology_; style, that is to say, in its relation to ideas and feelings, its commerce with thought, and its reaction on what one may call the temper or conscience of the intellect. Critical Miscellanies, Volume I (of 3) Essay 4: Macaulay
  • She is so absorbed in William and his words that she has no sense of how comical these constitutionals appear to those who pass them by: William with what De Quincey described as his "cade" - like stride - "a cade being some sort of insect which advances by an oblique motion" - that would edge his companions off the road, Dorothy with what De Quincey called her NPR Topics: News
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