The Noonday Demon

An Atlas of Depression

The Noonday Demon

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Winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations -- around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.
  • Scribner | 
  • 576 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684854670 | 
  • April 2002

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Andrew Solomon
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Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon is a professor of psychology at Columbia University, president of PEN American Center, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine. A lecturer and activist, he is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, and a novel, A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. His TED talk on depression has over 4 million views. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London and is a dual national. He also has a daughter with a college friend. For more information, visit the author’s website at AndrewSolomon.com.

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