In , William Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world. He was also an alcoholic. But there was no treatment for his disease. William Buehler Seabrook (February 22, – September 20, ) was an American Lost The book, Asylum, became another best-seller. In the preface, he. He doesn’t explain anything about the author, William Seabrook, besides his Asylum (An Alcoholic Takes the Cure)—the very true story of the.

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ASYLUM by William Seabrook | Kirkus Reviews

No trivia or quizzes yet. Seabrook, and I really would have liked to know you in real life! The book itself is in need of a good editor as he tends to chase rabbits; however, the tale itself is still haunting and powerful.

In DecemberSeabrook was committed at his own request and with the help of some of his friends to Bloomingdalea mental institution in Westchester Countynear New York City, for treatment for acute alcoholism.

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Asylum by William B. Seabrook

Given Seabrook’s life and death I fail to understand why he is out of print and forgotten and yet his near contemporary in time and certainly in lifestyle and manner of death Hemingway is so lionised. Seabrook is a graphic biography of Seabrook wipliam Joe Ollmann. Retrieved from ” https: His perfect work and his perfect story disappeared with him. Marjorie Worthington papers, “. Trapped behind the walls of the institution, Seabrook wrote: Jul 18, Alex marked it as to-read.

There, from the perspective of a travel writer, he described his own journey through this strange and foreign place. Sep 05, Sherry Weitzen rated it it was amazing. The book, Asylumbecame another best-seller. Feb 15, Steve rated it liked it Shelves: I willim wish that Dover could have taken the time to give the book a full introduction that explains to modern readers just who this great man was and why his writing deserves to be known.


Not quite in line for seabeook usual market, accustomed to travel books, but his reputation insures a good sale, and there is increasing interest in the question of mental hygiene.

Apr 21, Sam Klemens rated it it was amazing. That one could stumble upon a book randomly, advocate for it and take pride in having paid it forward enough that the book is given a second life. Writing is occasionally brilliant a “Whiskey was a gift of the gods–dangerous, like fire and all gifts from heaven–to be used by the strong man with pleasure for joy, to solace and stimulate the imagination, to clothe reality in rosy light, evoke elusive happiness.

I was through, and I knew it. It was a good picture. May 31, Erica rated it it was amazing. For Adblock Plus on Google Chrome: June Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Bought it at a thrift wwilliam. I also read Jungle Ways ailliam was a good end to the trilogy. Winona rated it really liked it Jan 25, The book is replete with information about French colonial life in the Sahara and pilots in particular. If Penguin Classics or Library of America are the Whole Foods asylkm book publishing, handcrafted, lovingly produced and expertly marketed, then Dover can sometimes feel like the bargain bin at Walmart.

Also some interesting outlooks on alcohol use disorder. This page was last edited on 18 Septemberat The things I would have done for free to help this book! Two of my copies are first editions from and His book on witchcraft is notable for its thoughtful focus on arch-occultist Aleister Crowleywho stayed at Seabrook’s home for a short time. Oct 11, Susan Angela Wallace rated it liked it. I re-read the book and fell in love all over again.


I was afraid that what had driven me to drink was the fear that I could never write well enough for it to make any difference whether I wrote at all or not From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. CS1 French-language sources fr CS1 maint: Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again. The only copy available was a Bantam paperback from Willam could he have been forgotten while the works of other lesser writers remain?



It is an historically fascinating personal account of pre-AA treatment for alcoholics, and it also held a special fascination for me as a recovering alcoholic. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Example of powerlessness – “I had known I was “lost” and wanted to be “saved. Apparantly a very well-written memoir of an addict who commits himself to a mental institution. He comes uncover the root cause of his drinking problem towards the end of the book but it was too neat, everything nicely tied up at the end.

Asylum is maybe the best adylum on addiction I’ve ever read and it breaks your heart, knowing that just a few decades later someone would have been able to help him. The man was William Seabrook, a world-famous travel writer seabroik the Lost Generation and the book was Asylum. But advertising revenue helps support our journalism.

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