By Olivia Laing
Why is it that the various maximum works of literature were produced through writers within the grip of alcoholism, an habit that fee them own happiness and triggered damage to people who enjoyed them? within the journey to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the hyperlink among creativity and alcohol throughout the paintings and lives of six striking males: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.
All six of those writers have been alcoholics, and the topic of ingesting surfaces in a few of their most interesting paintings, from Cat on a sizzling Tin Roof to A transportable dinner party. usually they did their consuming jointly - Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting throughout the cafés of Nineteen Twenties Paris; Carver and Cheever dashing to the liquor shop in Iowa within the icy iciness of 1973.
Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic relations herself. One spring, eager to make feel of this ferocious, entangling affliction, she took a trip throughout the US that plunged her into the guts of those overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's manhattan to Williams' New Orleans, from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she items jointly a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of habit to the astonishing probabilities of restoration. attractive, eye-catching and unique, The journey to Echo Spring strips away the parable of the alcoholic author to bare the poor rate creativity can exert.