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Against happiness

in praise of melancholy

by Wilson, Eric

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Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Melancholy,
  • Creative ability

  • Edition Notes

    StatementEric G. Wilson.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsBF575.M44 W55 2009
    The Physical Object
    Pagination166 p.
    Number of Pages166
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23218906M
    ISBN 109780374531669
    LC Control Number2009294383

      In the remainder of Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, Wilson goes on to explore how we can avoid falling in the trap of such shallow and superficial “happiness,” reap the spiritual benefits of darker emotions, and learn to be ennobled and creatively empowered rather than consumed by them.   A melancholic frets that Americans are addicted to happiness. It’s a good old-fashioned broadside against American optimism the mass of men lead lives of shallow happiness.

    Eric G. Wilson is the Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away, Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and Grace, and five books on the relationship between literature and psychology.   Eric G. Wilson, author of Against Happiness, has embraced his inner gloom and wishes more people would do the same. He talks to Melissa Block .

      This book is in one sense a diatribe against the Happiness Industry, the whole Positive Psychology shtick, the mentality which says you have a right to happiness, and you should be happy, and if you are not happy something is wrong with you, and you must do everything possible to make yourself happy, and show the world that you are happy, because happiness is success.5/5(5). Against Happiness is a beautiful little book. The writing is a joy to read, almost poetic. and the subject matter is thought-provoking. This isn't a book to read at one go - I've been reading a chapter here, a chapter there, slowly digesting it. It isn't a screed against anti-depressants, or anything like that, but a thoughtful discussion of /5(34).


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It isn't a screed against anti-depressants, or anything like that, but a thoughtful discussion of /5(52). In Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, Wilson suggests it would be better to relish the blues that make humans people. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY This slender, powerful salvo offers a sure-to-be controversial alternative to the recent cottage industry of high-brow happiness books.5/5(2).

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This is the most common argument against the pursuit of happiness.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.

Francisco Goya, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, and Abraham Lincoln were all confirmed melancholics.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.

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