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Author Laing, Olivia.

Title The trip to Echo Spring : on writers and drinking / Olivia Laing.

Publication Info. New York : Picador USA, 2014.
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor  New Shelf  810.9353 LAI    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
Edition 1st Picador paperback edition.
Description xxiv, 353 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
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Note Includes interview with Olivia Laing.
"Originally published in Great Britain by Canongate Books"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-331).
Contents Echo Spring -- The coffin trick -- Fishing in the dark -- A house on fire -- The bloody papers -- Going South -- The confessions of Mr. Bones -- Half of him -- Authors' dates -- The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Summary Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to "A Moveable Feast." Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the caf©Øes of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973. Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams's New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery.
Subject Laing, Olivia -- Travel -- United States.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Alcohol use.
Creative ability -- Psychological aspects.
Alcoholics -- United States.
Alcoholics in literature.
Alcoholism in literature.
Authorship -- Psychological aspects.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
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