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Introduction: The Bath of Knowledge

Josephine Mcdonagh

in De Quincey's Disciplines

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112853
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670862 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112853.003.0001
Introduction: The Bath of Knowledge

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It was believed that De Quincey tossed all of the papers that concerned him, even those that were found to be against him, in a bath. In spite of how this may seem very odd, it was clear that he wanted to portray himself as an author whose works were lost in a bath and this in fact accounts for the main essence of the writing and life of De Quincey. In Grevel Lindop's biography of him, De Quincey's methods were described to be relatively chaotic, as piles of manuscripts and books would barely allow any movement and he would soon be surrounded with litter. De Quincey's works were found to comprise various contributions to newspapers and periodicals such as the London Magazine. Several problems were encountered in efforts to organize and categorize De Quincey's works, since his works ranged from matters of German philosophy to gothic fictions.

Keywords: De Quincey; bath; Grevel Lindop; newspapers; German philosophy; gothic fiction

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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