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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by  William Styron - Signed First Edition - 1990 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140942419)

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

by Styron, William

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New York: Random House, 1990. First Edition. First edition, first printing. Signed by William Styron on title page. [x], 84, [1] pp. Bound in publisher's crimson cloth and boards, lettered in silver. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket with slightly sunned spine panel, unclipped. A classic memoir of depression and recovery.


Darkness Visible, a phrase from Milton's poem Paradise Lost, has been used as a title on several occasions: Darkness Visible (novel), a 1979 novel by British writer Sir William Golding. Darkness Visible (Hannah book), a 1952 book about Freemasonry by English clergyman Walton Hannah. Darkness Visible (memoir), a 1989 memoir by U.S. writer William Styron. Darkness Visible (album), an album by U.S. power metal band Sacred Oath.


On Aug 31 2021, a reader said:
This is the book that everyone without depression should read first... one small book everyone with a family member or a friend with the condition needs to read. The insights are startling and insightful for this "gray drizzle of horror." Styron presents it like a novel. Short and easy to read, it's a memoir of the devastating effects of depression--a disease that has no simple or immediate cure for the nightmarish suffering of people who suffer from it's catastrophic effects. Styron, winner of multiple literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner, immerses the reader in a world of a disease like diabetes and cancer that a pill or talk therapy cannot alleviate. At a prestigious award ceremony in Paris in the 90s, at the height of his career he couldn't even enjoy the festivities (a common occurrence for depressed people). His most profound observation is that, "The weather of depression is unmoderated, it's light a brownout." At first he tries to ignore the horror, but finally relents. This is the best of all of the works by William Styron. A beautiful and perfect portrait of a man's anguish and endurance. In his words, "he unlocked a closet from which many were eager to come out."

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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
Styron, William
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First Edition
Random House
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New York
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signed, first, depression, mental, psychology, psychiatry, recovery

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