Under the Influence The Literature of Addiction

ISBN-10: 0375757163
ISBN-13: 9780375757167
Edition: 2003
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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. Shannonhouse’s recent anthology, Out of Her Mind: Women Writing on Madness, is also available as a Modern Library Paperback.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Irish immigrant parents in 1935, Pete Hamill attended Mexico City College, Pratt Institute, and The School of Visual Arts before starting a career in journalism. In 1960, Hamill accepted an entry-level job at the New York Post, becoming a columnist five years later. Hamill subsequently worked as a columnist for the New York Daily News and the Village Voice. Later working as a contributing editor at Esquire, Hamill has written articles for the New York Times magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and Playboy magazine, among others. He is also an accomplished novelist, having written more than a dozen books, including his national best-selling memoir, A Drinking Life, and the novels Snow in August; Why Sinatra Matters; and Lost Cities, Vanished Friends.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1821: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
1843: "The Black Cat"
1884: The Cocaine Papers
1888: "How the Opium Habit Is Acquired"
1891: "The Ethics of Wine-Drinking and Tobacco-Smoking"
1907: "How Children Are Made Drunkards"
1909: "The Enemy"
1910: "Let Me Feel Your Pulse"
1913: John Barleycorn
1919: "A Bartender Tells What Man Did to Booze, and Booze to Man"
1921: "On Giving Up Smoking"
1929: "Big Blonde"
1953: "The Sorrows of Gin"
1954: The Doors of Perception
1959: Naked Lunch
1967: "The Blood of a Wig"
1997: The Story of Junk
1998: "The Pathology of Sex"
1998: "They Take a Photograph of You When You First Get Here"
1998: Holy Hunger: A Memoir of Desire
1999: Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss
2000: "Sleeping with Alcohol"
2001: Love Sick: One Woman's Journey Through Sexual Addiction
2001: "Confessions of a Middle-Aged Ecstasy Eater"
Notes About the Contributors

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