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.
“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.”