Thomas DeQuincey: His Life; His works; His Economics
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If it is generally agreed that DeQuincey's economics are not really his own, and if DeQuincey himself attributed almost everything he wrote on the subject to Ricardian theory, why is it that I have still chosen to pursue the topic of DeQuincey's economic writings? In short, I am motivated by a desire to explain three things: First, the author's reason for delving into the realm of political economy in the first place; second, DeQuincey's occasionally perceptive and original comments on the subject; and third, DeQuincey's highly entertaining means of communicating and exemplifying the principles of Ricardian economics. It is my hope that after reading this paper, one will have greater insight into these interesting phenomena, as well as a more complete understanding of the unique and often bizarre character of Thomas DeQuincey.