Unholy Ghost Writers on Depression

ISBN-10: 0060007826

ISBN-13: 9780060007829

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nell Casey

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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 with Maud Casey's account of this experience. These companion pieces portray the complicated bond -- a constant grasp for mutual understandingforged by depressives and their family members. With an introduction by Kay Redfield Jamison, Unholy Ghost allows the bewildering experience of depression to be adequately and beautifully rendered. The twenty-two stories that make up this book will offer solace and enlightenment to all readers.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The editor of the national bestseller Unholy Ghost , Nell Caseyhas written for Slate , the New York Times , Salon , Elle , and Glamour , among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.

Epigraph
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Delicious Placebo
Toys in the Attic: An Ars Poetica Under the Influence
Bodies in the Basement: An Ars Poetica with Attitude
One Cheer for Melancholy
Heaven and Nature
Poodle Bed
From Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen
Noontime
Fading to Gray
from Darkness Visible
Strands
An Unwelcome Career
Melancholy and the Muse
Ghost in the House
Writing the Wrongs of Identity
On Living Behind Bars
from The Savage God
Planet No
A Melancholy of Mine Own
The Legacy
Wish You Were Here
A Better Place to Live
Contributors
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