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Darkness Visible

A Memoir of Madness
Styron, William, 1925-2006 (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Random House, Inc.
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

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.

Baker & Taylor
In a candid and moving memoir, the author of Sophie's Choice chronicles his descent into depression, discussing not only the anguish of his own experience and recovery but also how others can find help. Reissue. 15,000 first printing.

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The author chronicles his descent into depression, discussing not only his own experience and recovery but also how others can find help.

Authors: Styron, William, 1925-2006
Statement of Responsibility: William Styron
Title: Darkness visible
a memoir of madness
Publisher: New York : The Modern Library, 2007
Edition: Modern library ed
Characteristics: 84 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, c1990
Subject Headings: Styron, William, 1925-2006 Mental health Depressed persons United States Biography Depressed persons Suicidal behavior United States
Topical Term: Depressed persons
Depressed persons
ISBN: 9780679643524
0679643524
Branch Call Number: B Styron
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one of the best books on depression by someone who lived it and his take on the doctors and too much medication

Jul 06, 2012
  • mstockwe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very astute look into depression. I am amazed that the author was able to write so vividly aobut his depression. Obviously written once he had resumed some semblence of mental health.

Oct 15, 2010
  • Travel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is THE book to read for anyone who wants to understand depression. Strangely enough, it is comforting for those experiencing severe depression.

As Dan Hill recently wrote:

"Rather than psychiatrist's, writers - for example, William Styron in his gripping and jagged Darkness Visible-A Memoir of Madness-consistently come closer to deconstructing depression"
- Dan Hill, Me and My Shrinks, article in Maclean's, Oct 18, 2010, Vol 123, No 10

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