Thomas de Quincey
See also: Quincey
Thomas de Quincey was born in 1785 in the industrial town from Manchester, Lancashire. His/her father, merchant of textile, die in 1793. Raise shining, it writes in Greek with ease at thirteen years, composes of the worms and usually speaks it to fifteen. He flees of the Manchester Grammar School at seventeen years, to join the Wales. Before returning at his place, it leads a miserable life to London, tiny room to the begging; but it also makes the meeting of Anne, young prostitute with whom it binds friendship.
It is during its years of studies to the Worcester College of Oxford that Quincey discovers the opium, of which it makes a strictly therapeutic use at the beginning, suffering of pains to the stomach.
In 1807, he becomes close friend of Coleridge, which inserts it in the circle of the Poets of the Lake (Lakistes), where he makes knowledge inter alia William Wordsworth. He joined them for some time in the area of Lake District.
Between 1812 and 1813, it consumes opium regularly, but it still manages to control its amounts. He marries Margaret Simpson, girl of farmer, who will give him eight children.
Having wasted its personal fortune, it launches out in a career of journalist, who will allow him to provide the needs of his family for the thirty years to come.
In 1816, it settles with Edinburgh. After the death of his wife in 1827, it becomes completely depend on opium. He dies in 1859.
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