Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859) was a English author, whose works include Confessions of an English Opium-Eater in 1821 and the essays "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth" in 1823 and "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts" in 1827.
He was a friend of the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Born in Manchester, de Quincey ran away from school there to wander and study in Wales. He then went to London, where he lived in extreme poverty but with the constant companionship of the young orphan Ann, of whom he writes in the Confessions.
In 1803 he was reconciled to his guardians and was sent to university at Oxford, where his opium habit began.
In 1809 he settled with the Wordsworths and Coleridge in the Lake District. He moved to Edinburgh in 1828, where he eventually died. De Quincey's work had a powerful influence on Baudelaire and Poe among others.
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Thomas De Quincey was an English esssayist and author.