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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An intersting insight into depression. - Goodreads
Read as research for a play about suicide. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing about an intriguing subject. - Goodreads
Wow. An amazing depiction of his depression. - Goodreads
The best depiction of depression I've ever read. - Goodreads
It is very readable (both in length and prose). - Goodreads

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User Review  - Frances Levy - Goodreads

The best depiction of depression I've ever read. It's painful to think that such a great writer of fiction suffered so much from this illness. Read full review

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Wonderful writer(see Sophies Choice)An honest,illuminating account of his depression. 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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