The Trip to Echo Spring

The Trip to Echo Spring

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WHY IS IT THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF LITERATURE HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM, AN ADDICTION THAT COST THEM PERSONAL HAPPINESS AND CAUSED HARM TO THOSE WHO LOVED THEM?

In The Trip to Echo Spring, 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.

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Editorial reviews (7 reviews)


While there is no straightforward answer to why writers drink, Laing explores the causes in admirable detail and astonishingly good prose – incisive, powerful, illuminating – that rivals the output of the authors she is writing about.

The sorrow in these writers' lives is palpable, but their works are monuments of modern literature. Laing lays bare the tumult their lives and in doing so gives us her own beautifully written book. It is well worth the read.

Laing’s book is a reminder of a piece of advice that young writers don’t hear often enough: When choosing idols, avoid those who destroyed themselves.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Picador (December 31, 2013)

Collection: Picador

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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