Thomas De Quincey

1785 - 1859

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Thomas Penson De Quincey (; né Thomas Penson Quincey; 15 August 1785 – 8 December 1859) was an English writer, essayist, and literary critic, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas De Quincey has received more than 742,971 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Thomas De Quincey is the 1,016th most popular writer (up from 1,182nd in 2019), the 780th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 945th in 2019) and the 93rd most popular British Writer.

Thomas de Quincey is most famous for his autobiographical essay "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater."

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English literature
Autobiographic sketches
Biography & Autobiography
The Works Of Thomas De Quincey
Confessions of an English opium eater
Narrative and Miscellaneous Papers
The Collected Writings Of Thomas De Quincey


Among writers, Thomas De Quincey ranks 1,016 out of 7,302Before him are Juan Antonio Villacañas, Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Noah Gordon, William Gibson, and Vasily Zhukovsky. After him are André Bazin, August Kubizek, Mary Higgins Clark, Shūsaku Endō, Egill Skallagrímsson, and Vicente Blasco Ibáñez.

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Among people born in 1785, Thomas De Quincey ranks 9Before him are Jacob Grimm, Karl Drais, Alessandro Manzoni, Bettina von Arnim, Lin Zexu, and Claude-Louis Navier. After him are Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Pierre Louis Dulong, John James Audubon, Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Hans Karl von Diebitsch, and Florestan I, Prince of Monaco. Among people deceased in 1859, Thomas De Quincey ranks 16Before him are Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Washington Irving, Bettina von Arnim, Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, and Archduke John of Austria. After him are John Brown, Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Abd al-Rahman of Morocco, John Austin, and Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas De Quincey ranks 780 out of 8,785Before him are Alfred Radcliffe-Brown (1881), Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519), Jean Simmons (1929), Richard Wilson (1936), Ken Hensley (1945), and Julie Walters (1950). After him are John Gielgud (1904), Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868), James Black (1924), James Joseph Sylvester (1814), P. D. James (1920), and Naomi Watts (1968).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Thomas De Quincey ranks 93Before him are Percy Fawcett (1867), H. Rider Haggard (1856), James Hadley Chase (1906), John Fowles (1926), Samuel Richardson (1689), and Henry Fielding (1707). After him are P. D. James (1920), Thomas Malory (1405), Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757), Diana Wynne Jones (1934), Robert Graves (1895), and John Berger (1926).