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  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780375757167
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99
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Under The Influence


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The Literature of Addiction

Drawing on two centuries of important literary and historical writings, Rebecca Shannonhouse has shaped a remarkable collection of works that are, in turn, tragic, compelling, hilarious, and enlightening. Together, these selections comprise a profound and truthful portrait of the life experience known as addiction.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE offers classic selections from fiction, memoirs, and essays by authors such as Tolstoy, Cheever, Parker, and Poe. Also included are topical gems by writers who illuminate the causes, dangers, pleasures, and public perceptions surrounding people consumed by excessive use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Recent provocative works by Abraham Verghese, the Barthelme brothers, Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, and others expand and modernize the definition of addiction to include sex, gambling, and food. Together, these incomparable writings give shape and meaning to the raw experience of uncontrollable urges.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780375757167
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Rebecca Shannonhouse

Rebecca Shannonhouse is a freelance writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and other publications. She lives in New York City.


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