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De Quincey in History: Terror and Amnesia

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/9780198112853.003.0002
De Quincey in History: Terror and Amnesia

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The fan letter that the seventeen-year-old De Quincey sent to Wordsworth in 1803 exhibited a certain worldliness which De Quincey obtained from his various adventures and wanderings which he would soon recall in Confessions. In this letter, we are able to recognize the start of an ‘attachment’ which is seen throughout his literary career. As De Quincey moved into the former home of the Wordsworths, he was largely exposed to those whom he shared the same literary interests with, as they all surrounded Wordsworth. Although Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads is often recognized as containing serious political involvement, De Quincey chose to view these works for how they had portrayed feeling and landscape. In this chapter, we see how De Quincey's work bears several ideological compromises and how these were included in various writings during the 1830s.

Keywords: Wordsworth; Confessions; Lyrical Ballads; political involvement; ideological compromises; 1830s

Chapter.  9784 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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