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De Quincey's Disciplines$
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Josephine McDonagh

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112853.001.0001

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(p.185) Epilogue
De Quincey's Disciplines

Josephine Mcdonagh

Oxford University Press

De Quincey finally died, after several efforts at predicting his death, on 8 December 1859 in the home which was procured by his children, and, for one who experienced living on social margins, he had a respectable and quiet death. In spite of how he had been recognized as an opium addict, he lived a relatively long life and died at the age of 74. Much of his work, however, tended to be neglected in some critical studies, as his works were viewed to be works of different kinds of knowledge instead of literary gems. Nonetheless, the variety and abundance of his work contributed greatly to the structure of Victorian society and culture, and his works serve as a commentary on how knowledge in a particular context was established during a particular time.

Keywords:   death, variety, abundance, Victorian society, Victorian culture

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