Thomas DeQuincey (1785-1859)
  • The Thomas DeQuincey Homepage -- Helpful texts and links.  Prepared by Robert Morrison

  • The Victorians and Laudanum -- A brief description of the drug DeQuincey was addicted to.  Laudanum, a mixture of opium and alcohol, remained a popular pain-killer throughout the nineteenth century.  

  • Dreaming DeQuincey -- A hypertext "trip" through selected passages of Confessions of an English Opium Eater.  Prepared by Bethany Nowviske, University of Virginia.

  • Piranesi's The Arch with a Shell Ornament -- In Confessions, DeQuincey describes how his dreams sometimes resembled the convoluted, maze-like architecture of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Imaginary Prisons (1761).