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Girl, interrupted

Author: Susanna Kaysen
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal Narratives
Named Person: Susanna Kaysen
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susanna Kaysen
ISBN: 0679746048 9780679746041 9780613377171 0613377176 9781439558072 1439558078
OCLC Number: 29386783
Notes: Originally published: New York : Turtle Bay Books, 1993.
Description: 168 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Susanna Kaysen.
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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

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