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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (Modern Library)

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Publisher Comments:

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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"A successful middle-aged writer at the peak of his powers and acclaim, Styron was — seemingly inexplicably — struck by insomnia and a growing sense of malaise leading to hopelessness." Library Journal

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679643524
Author:
Styron, William
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Styron, William
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Depressed persons -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Styron, William - Mental health
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.54x5.00x.52 in. .38 lbs.

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Product details 96 pages Modern Library - English 9780679643524 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly 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." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A successful middle-aged writer at the peak of his powers and acclaim, Styron was — seemingly inexplicably — struck by insomnia and a growing sense of malaise leading to hopelessness."
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