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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

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In the summer of 1985, William Styron was overtaken by persistent insomnia and a troubling sense of malaise—the first signs of a deep depression that would engulf his life and leave him on the brink of suicide.

In Darkness Visible a great novelist describes his devastating descent into depression, taking us on an unprecedented journey into the realm of madness. Expanded from his celebrated Vanity Fair piece, this moving memoir is an intimate portrait of the agony of Styron's ordeal, as well as a probing look at an illness that affects millions but is still widely misunderstood.

"To most of those who have experienced it," Styron writes, "the horror of depression is so overwhelming as to be quite beyond expression." Through Styron's remarkable candor and powers of description, we come truly to understand the anguish of a mind desperate unto death. We are moved yet not depressed by his account: with him, we feel uplifted by a sense of catharsis and can at last begin to fathom depression's dark reality.

Random House, 1990.
ISBN: 0394588886. 84 pp.
Hardcover. Near fine in a very good jacket.
Jacket spine faded.
Small remainder mark on front free endpaper.

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