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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 Far and Away: Essays from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years; the National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, which has won thirty additional national awards; and The Noonday Demon; An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. He has also written a novel, A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award and The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost. His TED talks have been viewed over ten million times. He lives in New York and London and is a dual national. For more information, visit the author's website at AndrewSolomon.com.

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"The Noonday Demon is the ideal and definitive book on depression. There is nothing falsely consoling about this account, which is the opposite of a bromide, unless to be accompanied by so much intelligence and understanding is a consolation in itself."--Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story and The Flaneur
"An exhaustively researched, provocative, and often deeply moving survey of depression. . . . original and vividly recounted, Solomon writes engagingly; his style is intimate and anecdotal. . . witty and persuasive. Overall. . . The Noonday Demon is a considerable accomplishment. It is likely to provoke discussion and controversy, and its generous assortment of voices, from the pathological to the philosophical, makes for rich, variegated reading."--Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review
"The Noonday Demon explores the subterranean realms of an illness which is on the point of becoming endemic, and which more than anything else mirrors the present state of our civilization and its profound discontents. As wide-ranging as it is incisive, this astonishing work is a testimony both to the muted suffering of millions and to the great courage it must have taken the author to set his mind against it."--W. G. Sebald, author of The Emigrants
"The Noonday Demon is an amazingly rich and absorbing work that deals with depression on many levels of perception. It its flow of insights and its scope--encompassing not only the author's own ordeal but also keen inquiries into the biological, social, and political aspects of the illness--The Noonday Demon has achieved a level of authority that should assure its place among the few indispensable works on depression."--William Styron, author of Darkness Visible
"Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon is immensely readable and should be universally useful. It is indeed an atlas of depression, sensitively chronicling the illness's characteristics, social and cultural history, modes of treatment, and prospects. What makes it remarkable is a highly individual blend of the personal and the dispassionate, the work of a benign intelligence."--Harold Bloom, author of How to Read and Why and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
"Compulsively readable, harrowing, and helpful, The Noonday Demon is an act of redemption in an epidemic ofsorrow."--Louise Erdrich, author of Love Medicine and The Antelope Wife
"As the great Flaubert discovered, it's hard to write about boring people without being boring yourself. Similarly, it's hard to write at length about depression without depressing the reader. Yet in The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon, through his candor, intellectual elegance, and ultimately his human resilience, manages to write of traumas both deep and ordinary without leaving the reader traumatized. His book is a large achievement."--Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove

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