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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

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A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

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"Written by one whose book-learning proves a match for his misery, the memoir travels fastidiously over perilous ground, receiving intimations of mortality and reckoning delicately with them. Always clarifying his demons, never succumbing to them in his prose, Styron's neat, tight narrative carries the bemusement of the worldly wise suddenly set off-course — and the hard-won wisdom therein." Publishers Weekly

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"Compelling...[A] vivid portrait of a debilitating disorder...[O]ffers the solace of shared experience." The New York Times

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"A chilling yet hopeful report from a mental wilderness into which one in ten Americans disappears...[F]ascinating." Chicago Sun-Times

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About the Author

William Styron was born in 1925 in Newport News, Virginia. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and again for a year during the Korean War. Between his two periods in the Marines he completed his studies at Duke University and wrote his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, which won the 1951 Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Styron lived for a short time in Paris, where he wrote his novel The Long March (1953) and participated in founding the literary magazine The Paris Review, of which he is still an advisory editor. He is the author of three more novels, Set This House on Fire (1960), The Confessions of Nat Turner, which won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize, and Sophie's Choice (1979); a play, "In the Clap Shack" (1973); and an essay dealing with depression, Darkness Visible (1990). This Quiet Dust, a collection of nonfiction pieces, was published in 1982. His most recent book, a collection of three stories written when he was a young man, was A Tidewater Morning. As well as the Pulitzer and the Prix de Rome, Styron is the recipient of the National Book Award, the Howells Medal, and the Edward MacDowell Medal.

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crowyhead, April 7, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a brief, beautifully written memoir of one person's experience with depression. One thing I really appreciated about this book is the unflinching way Styron looks at and discusses suicide. Even very good books about depression dance around this topic; it's very difficult to discuss. But Styron looks at it head-on and to some extent demystifies it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679736394
Author:
Styron, William
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Styron, William
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Depressed persons
Subject:
Styron, william, 1925-
Subject:
Depressive Disorder
Subject:
Famous persons.
Subject:
Suicide, Attempted.
Subject:
Depressed persons -- Suicidal behavior -- United States.
Subject:
Depresson
Subject:
Authors, American -- Biography.
Subject:
Depressed persons -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
P2734
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.10x5.44x.26 in. .24 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Written by one whose book-learning proves a match for his misery, the memoir travels fastidiously over perilous ground, receiving intimations of mortality and reckoning delicately with them. Always clarifying his demons, never succumbing to them in his prose, Styron's neat, tight narrative carries the bemusement of the worldly wise suddenly set off-course — and the hard-won wisdom therein."
"Review" by , "Compelling...[A] vivid portrait of a debilitating disorder...[O]ffers the solace of shared experience."
"Review" by , "A chilling yet hopeful report from a mental wilderness into which one in ten Americans disappears...[F]ascinating."
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