DARDIS, Tom

The thirsty muse, Alcohol and the American writer

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More than just a chronicle of the drinking habits of four great American writers, this book gives a telling look at what it meant to be a male writer in the middle years of this century. It reads like a novel or gossip column while giving the sort of biographical information that students doing research would love to have. An example that sheds a sad light on the problem of alcoholism tells of Faulkner once turning up on the doorstep of an editor at Random House, with the drunken request, “Miss Louise, could I, right now, take a short nap?” After a four-hour sleep, he awoke and kept his next appointment. But not all of the writers’ drinking binges were so harmless. Faulkner and Hemingway definitely lost their talents as a result of drinking and Fitzgerald, a noted alcoholic, finally came to the point where he could write only when he was drinking and lost his entire world because of it. Only O’Neill was able, at the age of 37, to give up drink, and go on to produce his most successful plays. The work gives insight into the lives of four important writers, the act of writing, and, most importantly, the horrors and destructive powers of alcohol.

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Ticknor & Fields

1989, gebonden met stofomslag, 292pp. nice copy