Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, May 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 96 pages
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Styron’s stirring account of his plunge into a crippling depression, and his inspiring road to recovery In the summer of 1985, William Styron became numbed by disaffection, apathy, and despair, unable to speak or walk while caught in the grip of advanced depression. His struggle with the disease culminated in a wave of obsession that nearly drove him to suicide, leading him to seek hospitalization before the dark tide engulfed him. Darkness Visible tells the story of Styron’s recovery, laying bare the harrowing realities of clinical depression and chronicling his triumph over the disease that had claimed so many great writers before him. His final words are a call for hope to all who suffer from mental illness that it is possible to emerge from even the deepest abyss of despair and “once again behold the stars.” This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.



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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  - Sudhir Borgonha - Goodreads

Brilliant narration on Styron's tryst with depression. Mostly haunting, sometimes scary and funny. Should be a good read for anyone who has seen a family member or friend deal with depression. Read full review

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User Review  - Hardyboy - Goodreads

Very honest first hand account of a well know authors decent into the depths of depression. Well written, and makes the case for treating mental illness as a serious medical problem. I read his ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

William Styron (1925–2006), born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation. Styron published his first book, Lie Down in Darkness, at age twenty-six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Confessions of Nat Turner and the international bestseller Sophie’s Choice.

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