Darkness visible: a memoir of madness

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Random House, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 84 pages
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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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Read as research for a play about suicide. - Goodreads
An intersting insight into depression. - Goodreads
A vivid portrayal of a debilitating disorder… - Goodreads
Beautiful writing about an intriguing subject. - Goodreads
Not the best work of an already mediocre writer. - Goodreads
Wow. An amazing depiction of his depression. - Goodreads

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Depression is a disease that is hidden, horrific and is the fourth leading cause of death in America. Because the cause of their suffering is not apparent, most who suffer this affliction have to deal ... Read full review

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An intriguing account of one man's experience with depression. He is careful to acknowledge though that depression manifests itself to different people in countless ways. His recounting of his ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

William Styron (1925-2006), a native of the Virginia Tidewater, was a graduate of Duke University and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His books include "Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice, This Quiet Dust, Darkness Visible," and "A Tidewater Morning," He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Howells Medal, the American Book Award, the Legion d'Honneur, and the Witness to Justice Award from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation. With his wife, the poet and activist Rose Styron, he lived for most of his adult life in Roxbury, Connecticut, and in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, where he is buried.

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