Thomas De Quincey
The possessor of ‘a prodigious memory’ and an ‘inexhaustible fertility of topics’ in his own estimation, De Quincey was able to make a substantial living from his writings. He was born in Manchester, educated at Bath, Winkfield, and Manchester Grammar School, from which he ran away, and at Worcester College, Oxford. He became a friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge, and took up residence at Grasmere.
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