By William Styron
Styron's stirring account of his plunge right into a crippling melancholy, and his inspiring highway to restoration in the summertime of 1985, William Styron turned numbed by means of disaffection, apathy, and melancholy, not able to talk or stroll whereas stuck within the grip of complicated melancholy. His fight with the illness culminated in a wave of obsession that just about drove him to suicide, top him to hunt hospitalization sooner than the darkish tide engulfed him. Darkness seen tells the tale of Styron's restoration, laying naked the harrowing realities of medical melancholy and chronicling his conquer the disorder that had claimed such a lot of nice writers earlier than him. His ultimate phrases are a decision for wish to all that suffer from psychological affliction that it's attainable to emerge from even the private abyss of depression and "once back behold the stars." This publication includes a new illustrated biography of William Styron, together with unique letters, infrequent images, and never-before-seen files from the Styron kinfolk and the Duke collage Archives.
William Styron (1925–2006), born in Newport information, Virginia, used to be one of many maximum American writers of his new release. Styron released his first booklet, Lie Down in Darkness, at age twenty-six and went directly to write such influential works because the debatable and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the overseas bestseller Sophie’s Choice.
In 1985 William Styron fell sufferer to a crippling and virtually suicidal melancholy, a similar affliction that took the lives of Randall Jarrell, Primo Levi and Virginia Woolf. That Styron survived his descent into insanity is anything of a miracle. That he manages to exhibit its tortuous development and his eventual restoration with such candor and precision makes Darkness obvious a unprecedented feat of literature, a e-book that may arouse a surprise of popularity even in these readers who've been spared the ache it describes.
From Publishers Weekly
A meditation on Styron's ( Sophie's selection ) critical melancholy on the age of 60, this essay conjures up with detachment and dignity the months-long turmoil whose indicators incorporated the novelist's "dank joylessness," insomnia, actual aversion to alcohol (previously "an worthwhile senior accomplice of my intellect") and his chronic "fantasies of self-destruction" resulting in psychiatric therapy and hospitalization. The book's virtues--considerable--are twofold. First, it's a pitiless and chastened list of an almost deadly human trial a ways commoner than assumed--and then a literary discourse at the methods and technique of our cultural discontents, saw within the figures of poet Randall Jarrell, activist Abbie Hoffman, author Albert Camus and others. Written through one whose book-learning proves a fit for his distress, the memoir travels rigorously over perilous flooring, receiving intimations of mortality and reckoning delicately with them. constantly clarifying his demons, by no means succumbing to them in his prose, Styron's neat, tight narrative incorporates the bemusement of the worldly clever without notice set off-course--and the hard-won knowledge therein. In abridged shape, the essay first seemed in vainness reasonable.
From Library Journal
Nearly forty years in the past, Styron released his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness , which revolved round the suicide of a tender lady, Peyton Loftis. Now, he tells the quick yet very relocating tale of the deep melancholy which just about overcame him in the summertime of 1984. A profitable middle-aged author on the top of his powers and acclaim, Styron was--seemingly inexplicably--struck through insomnia and a becoming feel of malaise resulting in hopelessness. He consulted a psychiatrist and was once given excessive doses of the debatable drug Halcion for his insomnia, yet his depression persisted to extend until eventually one night he truly tried suicide, basically to be rescued via the taking part in of Brahms's Alto Rhapsody in a video he was once observing. He instantly had himself hospitalized, and after numerous weeks within the safety and therapeutic surroundings of the health facility started to think himself back. increased from a 1989 self-importance reasonable article, this e-book is extremely urged. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/90.
- Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford loose Lib., Ct.
“Compelling . . . a shiny portrait of a debilitating ailment. . . . It bargains the solace of shared experience.” —The big apple Times
“Shocks us again to truth. . . . A relocating and authoritative account.” —Entertainment Weekly
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A paintings of significant own braveness and a literary travel de strength, this bestseller is Styron's precise account of his descent right into a crippling and virtually suicidal melancholy. Styron could be the 1st author to express the entire terror of depression's psychic panorama, in addition to the illuminating route to restoration.
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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron