Alcohol and Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Secondary Sources

"Booze and the Writer." Writer's Digest 58, No. 10 (October 1978): 25-33.

Compilation of responses to a drinking questionnaire sent to a variety of writers, including Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and many others.

Donaldson, Scott. "The Crisis of Fitzgerald's 'Crack-Up.'" Twentieth Century Literature 26, No. 2 (Summer 1980): 171-88.

Studies Fitzgerald's autobiographical "Crack-Up" articles for Esquire, which note his alcoholic break-down and other personal problems.

Fabricant, Noah D. "The Medical Profile of F. Scott Fitzgerald." In 13 Famous Patients, pp. 159-56. Philadelphia: Chilton Company, 1960.

Recounts Fitzgerald's highly publicized problems with alcohol and numerous other medical infirmities.

Gilmore, Thomas B. Equivocal Spirits: Alcoholism and Drinking in Twentieth-Century Literature. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987, 226 p.

Observes the importance of alcohol and alcoholism to the work of ten writers, including Malcolm Lowry, Eugene O'Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Cheever.

Goodwin, Donald W. "The Alcoholism of F. Scott Fitzgerald." Journal of the American Medical Association (6 April 1970): 86-90.

Investigates the relationship between Fitzgerald's writing talent and his alcoholism.

—."The Alcoholism of Eugene O'Neill." Journal of the American Medical Association (5 April 1971): 99-104.

Explores the sources of O'Neill's alcoholism and the relation of his drinking to his work as a playwright.

Haffenden, John. "Drink as Disease: John Berryman." Partisan Review 44, No. 4 (1977): 565-83.

Recounts Berryman's alcoholism as reflected in his autobiographical work Recovery.

Heyen, William. "John Berryman: A Memoir and an Interview." The Ohio Review 15, No. 2 (Winter 1974): 46-65.

Includes personal observations on Berryman's alcoholism and an interview focused on his poetic career.

Lyons, J. B. "Diseases in Dubliners: Tokens of Disaffection." In Irish Renaissance Annual II, edited by Zack Bowen, pp.185-94. Newark, N. J.: University of Delaware Press, 1981.

Mentions the prevalent disease of alcoholism in James Joyce's Dubliners, noting that "the city's ambiance is one of inebriation."