The Opium Eaters


“An object of mingled horror and pity…with yellow pasty face, drooping lids and pin-point pupils…the wreck and ruin of a noble man,” he was a slave to this “burning poison,” writes Dr. Watson, of Sherlock Holmes fame, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Man with the Twisted Lip (1891). Watson, sent to retrieve his patient from an opium den, credits the man’s addiction to his having read Thomas de Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1886 edition, Project Gutenberg). .en.

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