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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The book is credited with introducing the concept of a zombie to popular culture. BooksBusinessbooks. Two of my copies are first editions from and You can write like that?

The Best Book About Addiction You’ve Never Heard of Is Back in Print After 50 Years

Its Power in the World Today Seabrook was too, despite his significant contributions to American culture. My review plus a matching cocktail can be found on my blog.

Preview — Asylum by William B. Bob Amick rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Apr 21, Sam Klemens rated it it was amazing. The piece was read by aboutpeople and then more when I reposted it on my own site. Although a bit slow I still managed to read it.

He then attended Roanoke College, received a masters from Newberry College, and studied philosophy at the University of Geneva, located in Switzerland. We’d really appreciate it.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. His book on witchcraft is notable for its thoughtful focus on arch-occultist Aleister Crowleywho stayed at Seabrook’s home for a short time. For Asylkm Plus on Google Chrome: Both he and Fitzgerald had cracked under the same pressure, or so Fitzgerald thought. Michele Davis rated asyum it was amazing Jan 21, Sadly, they told Seabrook astlum could go back to drinking safely, which he did not do, and thus 10 years later OD in before his writing could achieve the fame it deserved.


Probably because at the time he wrote the essay, both things were self-evident. In the s, Seabrook traveled to West Africa and came across a tribe who partook in the eating of human meat.

Asylum by William B. Seabrook

In any case, over the last few years, Asylum started to get some of the attention it deserved. It’s awful, really, because aside from the occasional strange phrase, there isn’t a word in his books that couldn’t have been just as easily written today. I read three of Seabrook’s books back to back so I’m unable to say where one stopped and another began.

I wonder if there’s an “after-the-asylum” bio on him? If Penguin Classics or Library of America are the Whole Foods of book publishing, handcrafted, lovingly produced and expertly marketed, then Dover can sometimes feel like the bargain bin at Walmart.

What you’ll notice, in these books, is how he’s always asking why and what for? Please provide an email address. Asylum is maybe the best asylym 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. Archived from the original on April 2, I wanted to scream at the psych doctor.

ASYLUM by William Seabrook | Kirkus Reviews

For those that want to get a glimpse of how the world treated Alcoholism before AA then Seabrook’s biography is a great starting place. Writing is occasionally brilliant and even mystic. I don’t think seeabrook book set up the 12 step premises as some suggested, I think it shows one persons journey to understand himself and save his life.


He comes uncover the root cause of his drinking problem towards seabtook end of the book but it was too neat, everything nicely tied up at the end. Still, last month I was surprised to get an email from an acquisitions editor at Dover, a publisher that specializes in out-of-print and public domain books.

I feel you Mr. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Little did I know, the book that would arrive would become one of my all-time favorites and that I would play some role in not just helping it find a new audience, but bringing it back into print after decades in obscurity.

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I had been willing to “abase” myself, to relinquish myself, my life, my will, my body into hands stronger than my own. As a reader and a lover of books, in many ways this is the dream. Read it first and then try No Hiding Place: Retrieved 22 February InWilliam Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world.

The only copy available was a Bantam paperback from So he checked himself into an insane asylum. Archived from the original on October 26, I looked for the book on Amazon a few days later. Jul 18, Alex marked it as to-read.

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