Thomas De Quincey

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Thomas De Quincey

Thomas Penson De Quincey (15 august 1785 – 8 december 1859) was an English essayist, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821). Many scholars suggest that in publishing this work De Quincey inaugurated the tradition of addiction literature in the West.

In the Conan Doyle stories

  • The Silver Hatchet (1883) : The narrator compared the Budapest murders with the Williams murders described by De Quincey.
  • J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement (1884) : Joseph Habakuk Jephson suggested to Harton he may be collecting materials for a book which shall outvie De Quincey.
  • Uncle Jeremy's Household (1887) : When he arrived in town, Hugh Lawrence reminded of the description of the opium-eating Malay whom De Quincey saw in the farmhouse in Scotland.
  • Through the Magic Door (1906) : No man invents a style. It always derives back from some influence, or, as is more usual, it is a compromise between several influences. I cannot trace Poe's. And yet if Hazlitt and De Quincey had set forth to tell weird stories they might have developed something of the kind.

In the Sherlock Holmes stories