• Trois mille ans se sont écoulés depuis que la Sphinx a posé cette énigme : "Quelle est la créature qui marche sur quatre pieds le matin, sur deux pieds à midi, et sur trois au coucher du soleil ?" OEdipe répondit que c'était l'homme, qui marche enfant à quatre pattes, se tient debout dans la force de l'âge et s'appuie sur un bâton en sa vieillesse. Une fois ce secret révélé et la Sphinx disparue en mer, OEdipe accéda au trône et épousa la veuve royale, Jocaste, sa propre mère. Mais quand il apprit la vérité sur ses origines, privé de toute possibilité de rachat, il se creva les yeux. Or, selon De Quincey, il existe une autre solution de l'énigme, une signification plus profonde, laquelle tient tout entière dans ce mot : OEdipe. L'auteur livre peut-être la clef de cet effroyable destin.

    Après une enfance difficile, Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) a pu entamer de brillantes études à l'université d'Oxford. Mais il entre très vite dans une dépendance à l'opium, remède pour soigner de fréquentes névralgies, au point de devenir "un opiomane régulier et invétéré". Outre les Confessions d'un mangeur d'opium anglais, on lui doit de nombreux traités, études, articles, dont De l'Assassinat considéré comme un des beaux-arts. C'est Baudelaire qui a contribué à le rendre célèbre en France.

  • Les derniers jours d'Emmanuel Kant
    Thomas de Quincey
    Cet ouvrage a fait l'objet d'un véritable travail en vue d'une édition numérique. Un travail typographique le rend facile et agréable à lire.
    Partant des notes prises par Wasianski, l'ancien élève qui s'occupa de Kant à la fin de sa vie, De Quincey nous présente ici d'une manière très humaine et touchante les derniers moments de la sénescence kantienne... Suivant méticuleusement les événements des journées de Kant, De Quincey livre les inquiétudes qui occupent désormais cet esprit jadis brillant. Rattrapé par sa vieillesse et ses ennuis de santé, le philosophe dépeint par l'auteur anglais, est un homme épuisé et malade. Ses pertes de mémoire et pertes d'équilibre affligent de tristesse Wasianski qui tente par tous les moyens de rendre la vie agréable à son ami vénéré jusqu'au souffle ultime...
    De Quincey considère que jamais l'intelligence humaine ne s'éleva au point qu'elle atteignit en Emmanuel Kant. Et pourtant l'intelligence humaine, même à ce point, n'est pas divine. Non seulement elle est mortelle mais, chose affreuse, elle peut décroître, vieillir, se décrépir.
    Retrouvez l'ensemble de nos collections sur http://www.culturecommune.com/

  • Tout d'abord, le conférencier passe en revue les meurtriers de l'histoire, depuis le meurtrier d'Abel, jusqu'au XVIIIe siècle, sans oublier le Vieux de la montagne, chef de la secte des Haschischin. Dans un second temps, il se penche sur les Thugs de l'Inde, les juifs sicarides de Palestine, les exploits de différents assassins tels que Burke et Hare, tout en invitant les assistants à leur porter des toasts. Enfin, la dernière partie du livre s'intéresse au tueur en série John Williams, qui fit régner la terreur à Londres au cours de l'hiver 1811, lors des assassinats perpétrés dans Ratcliff Highway.

  • En 1816, une petite ville paisible du nord-est de l'Allemagne est frappée par une série de meurtres sanglants, aussi épouvantables qu'inexplicables. Les crimes odieux se succèdent, sans doute de la même main, mais sans logique apparente. C'est pourtant bien de vengeance qu'il est question... Mais comment les habitants de cette cité, qui glissent peu à peu dans l'épouvante d'une mort violente, pourraient-ils le deviner ? Et l'enquête piétine...
    En précurseur du roman policier, Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) distille une angoisse digne des meilleurs thrillers, dissimulant l'identité du vengeur avec brio jusqu'à la révélation finale, étourdissante.


  • HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.
    'I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life...'
    The 'Confessions of an English Opium Eater' is both a classic of the English autobiographical genre and a hard-nosed study of the effects of drugs on an artistic mind. A close associate of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the brilliant but troubled de Quincey recounts both the pleasures and pain of opium addiction in captivating prose. The result is by turns enlightened, nightmarish and witty - a faithful mirror of the drug itself.

  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD MARKSOnce upon a time, opium (the main ingredient of heroin) was easily available over the chemist's counter. The secret of happiness, about which philosophers have disputed for so many ages, could be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat pocket: portable ecstasies could be corked up in a pint bottle. Paradise? So thought Thomas de Quincey, but he soon discovered that 'nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium'.

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an account of the early life and opium addiction of Thomas De Quincey, in prose which is by turns witty, conversational, and nightmarish. 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth' offers both a small masterpiece of Shakespearian interpretation and a provocative statement of De Quincey's personal aesthetic of contrast and counterpoint. Suspiria de Profundis blends autobiography and philosophical speculation into a
    series of dazzling prose-poems which explore the mysteries of time, memory, and suffering. 'The English Mail-Coach' develops a richly apocalyptic vision which sets nineteenth-century England's political and imperial grandeur against the suffering and loss of innocence which it entails.
    This selection presents De Quincey's major works in their original uncut and unrevised versions, which in some cases have not been available for many years.

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is an account of the early life and opium addiction of Thomas De Quincey, in prose which is by turns witty, conversational, and nightmarish. 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth' offers both a small masterpiece of Shakespearian interpretation and a provocative statement of De Quincey's personal aesthetic of contrast and counterpoint. Suspiria de Profundis blends autobiography and philosophical speculation into a
    series of dazzling prose-poems which explore the mysteries of time, memory, and suffering. 'The English Mail-Coach' develops a richly apocalyptic vision which sets nineteenth-century England's political and imperial grandeur against the suffering and loss of innocence which it entails.
    This selection presents De Quincey's major works in their original uncut and unrevised versions, which in some cases have not been available for many years.

  • 'People begin to see that something more goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed - a knife - a purse - and a dark lane...'In this provocative and blackly funny essay, Thomas de Quincey considers murder in a purely aesthetic light and explains how practically every philosopher over the past two hundred years has been murdered - 'insomuch, that if a man calls himself a philosopher, and never had his life attempted, rest assured there is nothing in him'.Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859). Thomas de Quincey's Confessions and an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings is available in Penguin Classics.

  • De Quincey, dans ce recueil autobiographique, nous conte ses déboires avec l'opium sous toutes ses formes. laudanum, goutte à goutte, en grains à fumer... L'aspect récréatif laisse rapidement la place à 'angoisse, le manque, la recherche du bien être et le combat qui suit pour échapper à l'emprise. Témoignage poignant sur sa vie étudiante, faite de gallères monétaires et de rencontres fortuites, abordé chronologiquement ou par espace temps alors que sa mémoire défaille... un réel plaisir.

  • En Angleterre, au XVIIIe siècle, est inventé le laudanum, liqueur à base d'opium. On l'utilise en médecine comme remède aux maux physiques et psychologiques. C'est en Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) que cette drogue trouve un prescripteur de génie. Dans cette oeuvre de jeunesse (1821), De Quincey fait le récit de sa vie tourmentée par les peines et les plaisirs qu'il procure. Les confessions de ses hallucinations séduisent un jeune Français romantique, pas encore écrivain : Alfred de Musset. Il en donne par sa traduction une très belle et très infidèle version. Traduction de l'anglais par Alfred de Musset. Postface par Didier Raymond.

  • Mrs Duberly's journal is one of the most vivid eye-witness accounts we have of the Crimean War. Fanny Duberly, then aged 25, accompanied her husband to the Crimea in 1854, and remained there until the end of the fighting, the only officer's wife to remain throughout the entire campaign. She survived the severe winter of 1854-55, witnessed the battle of Balaklava and the charge of the Light Brigade, and rode through the ruins of Sebastopol.

    Spirited and courageous, she was known by sight to British and French soldiers across the battlefields, regarded often with enthusiasm and sometimes with disapproval. Witty and beautiful, she enjoyed flirtatious friendships with many of the most important men of the campaign.
    />
    Her Journal kept during the Russian War was published in 1855 and caused a sensation. Although widely praised as the 'new heroine for the Crimea', Fanny was also censured, ridiculed, and even parodied in Punch. She had stepped into a man's world, and written about it in a way that seemed to some at the front an invasion of privacy and to others at home an abandonment of gentility. A best-seller at the time, the Journal was not reprinted after its second edition of 1856, and this is
    the first edition since that time.

  • I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the world within me!'

    Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of his addiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug. Suspiria de Profundis centres on the deep afflictions of De Quincey's childhood, and examines
    the powerful and often paradoxical relationship between drugs and human creativity. In 'The English Mail-Coach', the tragedies of De Quincey's past are played out with horrifying repetitiveness against a backdrop of Britain as a Protestant and an imperial power.

    This edition presents De Quincey's finest essays in impassioned autobiography, together with three appendices that are highlighted by a wealth of manuscript material related to the three main texts.
    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little
    of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and
    from that to incivility and procrastination'Thomas De Quincey's three essays 'On
    Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' centre on the notorious career of the
    murderer John Williams, who in 1811 brutally killed seven people in London's East
    End. De Quincey's response to Williams's attacks turns morality on its head,
    celebrating and coolly dissecting the art of murder and its perfections. Ranging
    from gruesomely vivid reportage and brilliantly funny satiric high jinks to
    penetrating literary and aesthetic criticism, the essays had aremarkable impact on
    crime, terror, and detective fiction, as well as on the rise of nineteenth-century
    decadence.The volume also contains De Quincey's best-known piece of literary
    criticism, 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth', and his finest tale of terror,
    'The Avenger', a disturbing exploration of violence, vigilantism, and religious
    persecution.

  • I took it: - and in an hour, oh! Heavens! what a revulsion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the world within me!'

    Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of his addiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug. Suspiria de Profundis centres on the deep afflictions of De Quincey's childhood, and examines
    the powerful and often paradoxical relationship between drugs and human creativity. In 'The English Mail-Coach', the tragedies of De Quincey's past are played out with horrifying repetitiveness against a backdrop of Britain as a Protestant and an imperial power.

    This edition presents De Quincey's finest essays in impassioned autobiography, together with three appendices that are highlighted by a wealth of manuscript material related to the three main texts.
    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little
    of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and
    from that to incivility and procrastination'Thomas De Quincey's three essays 'On
    Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' centre on the notorious career of the
    murderer John Williams, who in 1811 brutally killed seven people in London's East
    End. De Quincey's response to Williams's attacks turns morality on its head,
    celebrating and coolly dissecting the art of murder and its perfections. Ranging
    from gruesomely vivid reportage and brilliantly funny satiric high jinks to
    penetrating literary and aesthetic criticism, the essays had aremarkable impact on
    crime, terror, and detective fiction, as well as on the rise of nineteenth-century
    decadence.The volume also contains De Quincey's best-known piece of literary
    criticism, 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth', and his finest tale of terror,
    'The Avenger', a disturbing exploration of violence, vigilantism, and religious
    persecution.

  • Grâce aux mémoires laissés par Wasianski pour la majeure partie de ses sources, de Quincey prête ses mots au fidèle ami de Kant pour raconter les derniers moments du célèbre philosophe allemand. Suivant méticuleusement les événements des journées de Kant, de Quincey livre les inquiétudes qui occupent désormais cet esprit jadis brillant. Rattrapé par sa vieillesse et ses ennuis de santé, le philosophe dépeint par l'auteur anglais, est un homme épuisé et malade. Ses pertes de mémoire et pertes d'équilibre affligent de tristesse Wasianski qui tente par tous les moyens de rendre la vie agréable à son ami vénéré jusqu'au souffle ultime...
    suivi de : Portrait d'Emmanuel Kant, par Joseph-François Michaud.
    Format professionnel électronique © Ink Book édition.

empty