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The Trip to Echo Spring

(2013)
A non fiction book by

 
 
Olivia Laing's widely acclaimed account of why some of the best literature has been created by writers in the grip of alcoholism

In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

All six of these men were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafes of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973.

Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams' New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.



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Hardback Editions

December 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-250-03956-8 / 978-1-250-03956-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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December 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-84767-794-0 / 978-1-84767-794-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking (Canons)
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-78689-160-3 / 978-1-78689-160-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Canons
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-250-06373-6 / 978-1-250-06373-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking: Why Writers Drink (Canons)
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-84767-795-9 / 978-1-84767-795-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-982664-00-2 / 978-1-982664-00-8
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, Library Edition
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-982663-99-5 / 978-1-982663-99-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-982664-01-0 / 978-1-982664-01-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador
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July 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking (Canons Book 72)
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Canongate Books
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