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  • Published: 4 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285571
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $26.99

Darkness Visible



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

This is a story of depression a condition that reduced William Styron from a person enjoying life and success as an acclaimed writer, to a man engulfed and menaced by mental anguish. With profound insight and remarkable candor, Styron tracks the progress of his madness, from the smothering misery and exhaustion, to the agony of composing his own suicide note and his eventual, hard-won recovery. Illuminating an illness that affects millions but which remains widely misunderstood, this book is about the darkness of depression, but it is also ultimately about survival and redemption.

  • Published: 4 May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285571
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $26.99

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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