'I can not muster a fiddle': De Quincey, Lamb, Opium and Addiction

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This essay discusses the different associations of opium in the Romantic period. Whereas for De Quincey, opium, taken in the form of laudanum, had a transformative effect upon his writing, leading to terrible dependency, for Charles Lamb, opium was a drug and medicine associated not with creativity but his mundane work as a clerk for the East India Company in London
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Coleridge Bulletin
EditorsJeffry Barbeau
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFriends of Coleridge
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)0968-0551
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jul 2023

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