Bill W., A Strange Salvation: A Biographical Novel

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After Bill Wilson's supreme achievement in founding Alcoholics Anonymous, why would he have suffered a serious depression that lasted more than a decade? This book attempts to throw light on the question, one that has never been answered and rarely asked. In doing so, it involves the reader in many other themes of vital relevance to everyone--not to those in recovery alone. This in-depth psychological study of the AA founder is generally based on the facts of Wilson's life, but not restricted to the literal truth: the prerogative of the novel. Some biographical events in Wilson's history have been passed over in favor of an intensive, original recreation of its key moments, from childhood to early middle-age, when the power of the depression was first felt. Chiefly a work of the imagination as this is, it is able to probe more deeply into the hidden life of its subject than non-fiction can do. According to the author, Bill W.'s depression may have been his salvation, and saved him from a worse fate. "Bill W., A Strange Salvation" will introduce new readers to Bill Wilson-- "the greatest social architect" in Aldous Huxley's words of his century--and one of the seminal voices of our age. It also provides a fresh look for those already familiar with his story.

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From 1944 to 1955 Bill Wilson suffered a profound and mysterious depression which, when it has been considered at all, has never been satisfactorily accounted for. To explain, or at least understand the causes of this malaise is the purpose of this book.

Since the facts of his history as we know them have thrown so little light on the problem, I have not felt bound by a purely biographical or literal approach to his life to find the answer, if such be forthcoming. At the same time "Bill W., A Strange Salvation" is not entirely a novel either, but rather a creative work based on some of the facts of Wilson’s life, while employing traditional techniques of imagination leavened and focused by the potency of meditative insight brought to bear upon all phases of the subject. Many of the scenes and mental struggles he is shown going through did not happen as far as we know--but they may have. Their inclusion is justified if, to the reader, they convince and illuminate.

About the Author:

Paul Hourihan was born and educated in Boston where he earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and a doctorate in American literature from Boston University. For 15 years he taught dozens of courses and gave many lectures in Ontario, Canada on the subject of great mystics and mysticism. As someone who was committed to the spiritual path for 45 years and a serious student of the world's mystical traditions, Hourihan brings us unique revelations about the AA founder and the problem of addiction.

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