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Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780060007829
Author(s): Nell Casey
Format: Paperback
Year: 2002
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Dimensions: 201 x 135 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 320

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"Unholy Ghost" is a unique collection of essays about depression that, in the spirit of William Styron's Darkness Visible, finds vivid expression for an elusive illness suffered by more than one in five Americans today. Unlike any other memoir of depression, however, "Unholy Ghost" includes many voices and depicts the most complete portrait of the illness. Lauren Slater eloquently describes her own perilous experience as a pregnant woman on antidepressant medication. Susanna Kaysen, writing for the first time about depression since "Girl, Interrupted, " criticizes herself and others for making too much of the illness. Larry McMurtry recounts the despair that descended after his quadruple bypass surgery. Meri Danquah describes the challenges of racism and depression. Ann Beattie sees melancholy as a consequence of her writing life. And Donald Hall lovingly remembers the "moody seesaw" of his relationship with his wife, Jane Kenyon.

The collection also includes an illuminating series of companion pieces. Russell Banks's and Chase Twichell's essays represent husbandand-wife perspectives on depression; Rose Styron's contribution about her husband's struggle with melancholy is paired with an excerpt from William Styron's "Darkness Visible;" and the book's editor, Nell Casey, juxtaposes her own essay about seeing her sister through her depression wi
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