The English Opium Eater

Writing in the Washington Post, BNR columnist Michael Dirda hails this groundbreaking volume as "a lucid, deeply researched biography," and recommends sampling De Quincey's own writings first for best appreciation of his life's tale. In Robert Morrison's portrait, De Quincey emerges, in one aspect, as the forerunner of today's flood of tell-all memoirists.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.