The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking

Category: Book
By (author): Laing, Olivia
  HISTORY / Social History
  LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: October 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.23in x 5.62in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*A New York Times Notable Book of 2014 A Time Magazine Notable Book of 2014 Olivia Laing's widely acclaimed account of how writers in the grip of alcoholism created some of the greatest works of American literature In The Trip to Echo Spring , Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and alcohol in the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. Captivating and highly original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.
Review Quote*"Most beguiling and incisive." - The New York Times "[A] charming and gusto-driven look at the alcoholic insanity of six famous writers… There is much to learn from Laing's supple scholarship-and much to enjoy, too." - Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review "Exquisite… .Laing, wisely, doesn't reach any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle… . A marvelous writer."-Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
Biographical NoteOlivia Laing is the author of To the River , published by Canongate to critical acclaim, and shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. She was deputy books editor of the Observer , and writes for The Guardian, New Statesman, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. She lives in Cambridge. Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. Her first book, To the River , was published by Canongate to wide acclaim and shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. She has been the deputy books editor of the Observer , and writes for The Guardian , New Statesman , and The Times Literary Supplement , among other publications. She is a MacDowell Fellow, and has received grants from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation. She lives in Cambridge, England.