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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
TICKNOR AND FIELDS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
BY HURD AND HOUGHTON.
The Riverside Press, Cambridge:
[No formal life of De Quincey has ever been published, but he has himself supplied his readers with very full sketches of certain periods of his life. The Confessions of an English Opium Eater, the present volume of Autobiographic Sketches, and the one to follow, on Literary Reminiscences, cover the greater part of De Quincey's life up to the time of his maturity, and while there are gaps not filled either by himself or by others, the materials for a fair comprehension of his working life are abundant. There are besides reminiscences by his contemporaries which are interesting for the glimpses they give us of his personal appearance and characteristics. The first of these which we give is from the Book Hunter, by John Hill Burton, in which De Quincey is portrayed under the name of Papaverius: