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A brilliantly captivating portrait of Thomas De Quincey and the remarkable life that he led; this biography into the life of a man who served on as an inspiration for various writers from Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf. He certainly managed to both shock and awe his audience with his various essays. Naturally, he chose his profession, in part inspired by literary giants such as wordsmith and Coleridge and resided in one of the poet’s cottage which he later on turned into an opium den. This book take s you on a fascinating journey, of riches to rags story of a journalist who eventually comes undone. It has been beautifully crafted from start to finish and stands out as one of the best books.