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The Trip to Echo Spring : on Writers and Drinking
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The Trip to Echo Spring : on Writers and Drinking

Author: Olivia Laing
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these men 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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Laing, Olivia.
Trip to Echo Spring.
(DLC) 2013038323
(OCoLC)849211052
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1250039584 9781250039583
OCLC Number: 886583715
Description: 1 online resource (340 pages) : illustrations, maps
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.
Responsibility: Olivia Laing.
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"In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these men 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 cafes 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. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert. - For readers of Amanda Vaill's When Everyone Was So Young, Elif Batuman's The Possessed, and Kingsley Amis's Everyday Drinking"--

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