Robert Morrison's biography is astute and revealing, quarrying new sources.
I knew that I was on to a good thing with this book before the page numbers were even out of roman numerals... This was a lively life, and this is a lively life...
Morrison writes... with a combination of perspicacity and generous puzzlement... Thanks to Morrison... the life is clearer than it has ever been.
Robert Morrison's biography is impressive, the first biography of De Quincey in almost thirty years, and the first to use all his published and unpublished works.
The time was right for a new biography and Morrison has done his man proud. This is an exceptionally wel-balanced account.
Morrison provides a compelling survey of De Quincey's work as a biographer, satirist, economist, political commentator, translator, linguist and classicist.
a book which is full of insight and careful reasoning... Morrison does a superb job of literary detection going through a life of lies, procrastination and deceit, and teasing out whatever truth there is to be had.
This isn't a debunking biography, just a properly sceptical one, and it's clear that Morrison's enthusiasm for the man and his writings does not obscure his judgement.