1785 – Thomas de Quincey, born on the 15th of August in Manchester, England. He was an English author and intellectual, famous for his book Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
1796 – His mother, now a widow, moved to Bath and enrolled him at King Edward’s School, Bath.
1798 – His first plan had been to reach William Wordsworth, whose Lyrical Ballads had consoled him in fits of depression and had awakened in him a deep reverence for the poet
1800 – Aged fifteen, was ready for the University of Oxford; his scholarship was far in advance of his years.
1802 – He lived as a wayfarer. He soon lost his guinea by ceasing to keep his family informed of his whereabouts, and had difficulty making ends meet.
1803 – He was brought home and finally allowed to go to Worcester College, Oxford, on a reduced income.
1809 – His acquaintance with Wordsworth led to his settling at Grasmere, in the beautiful English Lake District; his home for ten years was Dove Cottage, which Wordsworth had occupied and which is now a popular tourist attraction.
1821 – He went to London to dispose of some translations from German authors, but was persuaded first to write and publish an account of his opium experiences, which that year appeared in the London Magazine.
1859 – Died on the 8th of December in Edinburgh, Scotland.