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The Outward Roomby Millen Brand
Synopses & Reviews
"The Outward Room" is a book about a young woman's journey from madness to self-discovery. It created a sensation when it was first published in 1937, and has lost none of itsimmediacy or its power to move the reader.
Having suffered a nervous breakdown after her brother's death in a car accident, Harriet Demuth is committed to a mental hospital, but herdoctor's Freudian nostrums do little to make her well. Convinced that she and she alone can refashion her life, Harriet makes a daring escape from the hospital--hopping a train by night and riding therails into the vastness of New York City in the light of the rising sun. It is the middle of the Great Depression, and at first Harriet is lost among the city's anonymous multitudes. She pawns her jewelry andlives an increasingly hand-to-mouth existence until she meets John, a machine-shop worker. Slowly Harriet begins to recover her sense of self; slowly she and John begin to fall in love. The story of that emerging love, told with the lyricism of Virginia Woolf and the realism of Theodore Dreiser, is the heart of Millen Brand's remarkable book.
About the Author
Millen Brand (1906–1980) taught writing at New York University and worked as a book editor for Crown Publishers. His books include Local Lives, a book of poems about the Pennsylvania Dutch; Savage Sleep; Peace March: Nagasaki to Hiroshima; and The Outward Room. In 1948 he was nominated for an Oscar with Frank Partos for their adaptation of Mary Jane Ward’s novel The Snake Pit.
Peter Cameron is the author of several novels, including Andorra, The Weekend, and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. He lives in New York City.
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