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  • Published: 4 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285571
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

Darkness Visible


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'Tremendous writing-Honest and illuminating' Victoria Glendinning, New York Times

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. Darkness Visible takes us on an unprecedented journey into the realm of madness. It 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. Through his remarkable candour and powers of description comes a true understanding of the anguish of a desperate mind. Darkness Visible is a bold and an ultimately uplifting exploration of depression's dark reality.

  • Pub date: 4 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285571
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

William Styron

Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1925, William Styron was educated at Duke University. He served in the Marine Corps during the last war, and was recalled to service during the Korean War. After 1952, he lived mainly in Europe, before settling in a rural part of Connecticut.

He is the author of The Long March, Lie Down in Darkness, Set This House on Fire and Sophie's Choice. He has also published Darkness Visible, the remarkable story of his descent into depression, the collection This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, and A Tidewater Morning. William Styron died in 2006.

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