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The Trip to Echo Spring

On Writers and Drinking. Canons

By (author) Olivia Laing
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprint: Canongate Canons
Published: 5th Oct 2017
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 24mm
Weight: 265g
ISBN-10: 1786891603
ISBN-13: 9781786891600
Barcode No: 9781786891600
Synopsis
Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and drink in the overlapping work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver. From Hemingway's Key West to Williams's New Orleans, Laing pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, and strips away the tangle of mythology to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

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One of the best books I've read about the creative uses of adversity: frightening but perversely inspiring -- HILARY MANTEL A work of art, with a voice and a mood all its own. * * Nick Hornby * * Original, brave and very moving . . . Her insights shine with beauty yet are shaded by sympathy and compassion * * Observer * * A terrific writer * * The Times * * Full of insight, compassion and unexpected beauty * * Guardian * * Haunting . . . a moving, troubling, gorgeously written book * * Independent on Sunday, Paperbacks of the Year * * Beguiling, beautifully written . . . brilliant and original -- JOHN CAREY * * The Sunday Times * * Beguiling and incisive * * New York Times * * Laing's prose is lucid and exuberant * * Financial Times * * Laing is a brilliant wordsmith and this is a beautifully accomplished book * * Independent * *