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Styron’s stirring account of his plunge into a crippling depression, and his inspiring road to recovery
In the summer of 1985, William Styron became numbed by disaffection, apathy, and despair, unable to speak or walk while caught in the grip of advanced depression. His struggle with the disease culminated in a wave of obsession that nearly drove him to suicide, leading him to seek hospitalization before the dark tide engulfed him.
Darkness Visible tells the story of Styron’s recovery, laying bare the harrowing realities of clinical depression and chronicling his triumph over the disease that had claimed so many great writers before him. His final words are a call for hope to all who suffer from mental illness that it is possible to emerge from even the deepest abyss of despair and “once again behold the stars.”
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.


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Darkness Visible
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4.2 / 5
Simply anguishing and brilliant
August 20th, 2014
A must read if you have ever been enveloped by "the poisonous fog".
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Speaking Truths
June 14th, 2014
This short but excellent read takes us on an uncomfortable ride through depress. It provides a soltice of sorts and helps one feel not no alone. Definitely a must read.
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