Writing Under the Influence

Alcohol and the Works of 13 American Authors


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About the Book

Writers and alcohol have long been associated—for some, the association becomes unmanageable. Drawing on rare sources, this collection of brief biographies traces the lives of 13 well known literary drinkers, examining how their relationship with alcohol developed and how it affected their work, for better or worse. Focusing on examples like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Charles Bukowski and Raymond Carver, the combined biographies present a study of the classic figure of the over-indulging author.

About the Author(s)

Author and critic Aubrey Malone has written many books on the cinema. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Aubrey Malone
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 235
Bibliographic Info: 38 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6740-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2787-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  6
Introduction  1
1. Eugene ­O’Neill  5
2. Raymond Chandler  21
3. Edna St. Vincent Millay  35
4. Dorothy Parker  45
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald  58
6. William Faulkner  81
7. Ernest Hemingway  90
8. John Cheever  107
9. John Berryman  126
10. Carson McCullers  139
11. Charles Bukowski  155
12. Anne Sexton  176
13. Raymond Carver  193
Chapter Notes  205
Bibliography  217
Index  223