The Noonday Demon

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The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression is a memoir written by Andrew Solomon and first published under the Scribner imprint of New York's Simon & Schuster publishing house in 2001. There was a later paperback under the Touchstone imprint.[1]

The Noonday Demon examines the personal, cultural, and scientific aspects of depression through Solomon's published interviews with depression sufferers, doctors, research scientists, politicians, and pharmaceutical researchers.[1] It is an outgrowth of Solomon's 1998 New Yorker article on depression.

Solomon's work received positive critical response, being described by the New York Times as "a book of remarkable scope, depth, breadth, and vitality." The book was honored in 2001 with the National Book Award for Nonfiction[2] and the Lambda Literary Award for autobiography or memoir. In 2002 it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (official World Wide Web site) .
  2. ^ National Book Awards, National Book Foundation, 2001, retrieved 2012-02-20  (with acceptance speech.)
  3. ^ Finalists' list, Pulitzer Prize, 2002 .