The Savage God: A Study of Suicide
"Suicide," writes the notes English poet and critic A. Alvarez, "has permeated Western culture like a dye that cannot be washed out." Although the aims of this compelling, compassionate work are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, and ends with an account of the author's own suicide attempt. Within this dramatic framework, Alvarez launches his enquiry into the final taboo of human behavior, and traces changing attitudes towards suicide from the perspective of literature. He follows the black thread leading from Dante through Donne and the romantic agony, to the Savage God at the heart of modern literature.
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Review: The Savage God: A Study of SuicideUser Review - Hortense - Goodreads
I had never much read Sylvia Plath. I did after I read this. I can't say that I now agree with what Alvarez says about Plath but the book was placed under my pillow every night for a week. I didn't ... Read full review
Review: The Savage God: A Study of SuicideUser Review - Angela Wade - Goodreads
The most intellectually stimulating, thoroughly researched, passionately presented, well-written book I've read. Makes the top five books of all time for me, dueling only with Jude the Obscure. Read full review