The Lost Weekend
The Lost Weekend
Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307948717, 248pp.
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
The classic tale of one man’s struggle with alcoholism, this revolutionary novel remains Charles Jackson’s best-known book—a daring autobiographical work that paved the way for contemporary addiction literature.
It is 1936, and on the East Side of Manhattan, a would-be writer named Don Birnam decides to have a drink. And then another, and then another, until he’s in the midst of what becomes a five-day binge. The Lost Weekend moves with unstoppable speed, propelled by a heartbreaking but unflinching truth. It catapulted Charles Jackson to fame, and endures as an acute study of the ravages of alcoholism, as well as an unforgettable parable of the condition of the modern man.
Blake Bailey is the author of "Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson. "His other books include "A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, "finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Cheever: A Life, "winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, and finalist for the Pulitzer and James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He edited a two-volume edition of Cheever's work for The Library of America, and in 2010 received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.
“A masterpiece of psychological precision.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Marvelous and horrifying. . . . The best fictional account of alcoholism I have read.”
“A masterpiece . . . a book so powerful and understanding that many readers will find themselves riveted to their chairs until the end.”
—The Saturday Review of Literature
“The novel is a miracle, handed down to Mr. Jackson by a higher power. Every sentence is right. . . . Let's put it on the top shelf again, for all us lucky ex-drunks.”