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With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.

The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.

Review:

"An amazingly rich and absorbing work....In its flow of insights and its scope — encompassing not only the author's ordeal but also keen inquiries into the biological, social, and political aspects of the illness — The Noonday Demon has achieved a level of authority that should assure its place among the few indispensable works on depression." William Styron, author of Darkness Visible and Sophie's Choice

Review:

"The Noonday Demon is immensely readable and should be universally useful. It is indeed an atlas of depression, sensitively chronicling the illness's characteristics, social and cultural history, modes of treatment, and prospects. What makes it remarkable is a highly individual blend of the personal and the dispassionate, the work of a benign intelligence." Harold Bloom

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"Compulsively readable, harrowing and helpful, The Noonday Demon is an act of redemption in an epidemic of sorrow." Louise Erdrich

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"The Noonday Demon is an eloquent, harrowintg account of melancholy and dread. It informs deeply in every manner — personal, scientific, historical, and political — about the roots, experience, and treatment of clinical depression. It is an important book about suffering, but an even more immportant one about hope." Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

Review:

"In examining depression as a cultural phenomenon, he cites many literary melancholics Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, John Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats, and George Eliot as well as such thinkers as Freud and Hegel, to map out his 'atlas' of the condition. Smart, empathetic, and exhibiting a wide and resonant knowledge of the topic, Solomon has provided an enlightening and sobering window onto both the medical and imaginative worlds of depression." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The backbone of this superb work is the author's narrative of his own struggles with severe depression, his musings on its multifarious causes and on the role that his privileged socioeconomic status has played in its successful management. Solomon also interviewed scores of other depression sufferers about their trials with treatment and visited Africa, Greenland, and Cambodia in search of different cultural perspectives. This journalistic approach allows Solomon to convey a great deal of information in the form of fascinating, if sometimes horrific, life stories. This compassionate work that never simplifies complex matters is essential for all collections." Library Journal

About the Author

Andrew Solomon studied at Yale University and Jesus College, Cambridge, England. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, ArtForum, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost and the novel A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. For more information, visit www.noondaydemon.com

Table of Contents

Contents

A Note on Method

I. Depression

II. Breakdowns

III. Treatments

IV. Alternatives

V. Populations

VI. Addiction

VII. Suicide

VIII. History

IX. Poverty

X. Politics

XI. Evolution

XII. Hope

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684854663
Author:
Solomon, Andrew
Publisher:
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Depression, mental
Subject:
Depressed persons
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
105-708
Publication Date:
20150120
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 352 pages Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780684854663 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An amazingly rich and absorbing work....In its flow of insights and its scope — encompassing not only the author's ordeal but also keen inquiries into the biological, social, and political aspects of the illness — The Noonday Demon has achieved a level of authority that should assure its place among the few indispensable works on depression."
"Review" by , "The Noonday Demon is immensely readable and should be universally useful. It is indeed an atlas of depression, sensitively chronicling the illness's characteristics, social and cultural history, modes of treatment, and prospects. What makes it remarkable is a highly individual blend of the personal and the dispassionate, the work of a benign intelligence."
"Review" by , "Compulsively readable, harrowing and helpful, The Noonday Demon is an act of redemption in an epidemic of sorrow."
"Review" by , "The Noonday Demon is an eloquent, harrowintg account of melancholy and dread. It informs deeply in every manner — personal, scientific, historical, and political — about the roots, experience, and treatment of clinical depression. It is an important book about suffering, but an even more immportant one about hope."
"Review" by , "In examining depression as a cultural phenomenon, he cites many literary melancholics Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, John Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats, and George Eliot as well as such thinkers as Freud and Hegel, to map out his 'atlas' of the condition. Smart, empathetic, and exhibiting a wide and resonant knowledge of the topic, Solomon has provided an enlightening and sobering window onto both the medical and imaginative worlds of depression."
"Review" by , "The backbone of this superb work is the author's narrative of his own struggles with severe depression, his musings on its multifarious causes and on the role that his privileged socioeconomic status has played in its successful management. Solomon also interviewed scores of other depression sufferers about their trials with treatment and visited Africa, Greenland, and Cambodia in search of different cultural perspectives. This journalistic approach allows Solomon to convey a great deal of information in the form of fascinating, if sometimes horrific, life stories. This compassionate work that never simplifies complex matters is essential for all collections."
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