William Styron

Darkness Visible

Notify me when the book’s added
To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. How do I upload a book?
The New York Times–bestselling memoir of crippling depression and the struggle for recovery by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Sophie’s Choice.
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.
This book is currently unavailable
102 printed pages
Original publication


    леночкаshared an impression3 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths


    Saule Bisengalievahas quoted4 years ago
    I shall never learn what “caused” my depression, as no one will ever learn about their own.
    Daria Diachkovahas quoted5 months ago
    A phenomenon that a number of people have noted while in deep depression is the sense of being accompanied by a second self—a wraithlike observer who, not sharing the dementia of his double, is able to watch with dispassionate curiosity as his companion struggles against the oncoming disaster, or decides to embrace it.
    Валерия Алешинаhas quotedlast year
    The danger is especially apparent if the young person is affected by what has been termed “incomplete mourning”—has, in effect, been unable to achieve the catharsis of grief, and so carries within himself through later years an insufferable burden of which rage and guilt, and not only dammed-up sorrow, are a part, and become the potential seeds of self-destruction.

On the bookshelves

    Andrea Diaz
    Tuc tuctuc 🎵
    • 694
    • 6
    Полина Федорова
    EN Books
    • 44
    • 3
    Elena Semenova
    • 8
    • 3
    • 79
    • 1
    • 70
    • 1
Drag & drop your files (not more than 5 at once)