Against Happiness by Eric G Wilson
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Against Happiness
By Eric G Wilson

Against Happiness

In Praise of Melancholy

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Against Happiness by Eric G Wilson

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We are addicted to happiness. More than any other generation, Americans today believe in the power of positive thinking. But who says we're supposed to be happy? In "Against Happiness," the scholar Eric G. Wilson argues that melancholia is necessary to any thriving culture, that it is the muse of great literature, painting, music, and innovation and that it is the force underlying original insights.So enough Prozac-ing of our brains. Let's embrace our depressive side as the wellspring of creativity. It's time to throw off the shackles of positivity and relish the blues thatmake us human."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374531669
ISBN-10: 0374531668
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 124mm x 18mm)
Pages: 166
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Eric G Wilson

Eric G. Wilson is Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of five books on the relationship between literature and psychology.

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