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The Heart Too Long Suppressed: A Chronicle of Mental Illness by [Carol Hebald, Dr. Thomas S. Szasz]

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After a lifetime of mental illness, marked by repeated suicide attempts and hospitalizations, and a parade of ineffectual psychiatrists, Hebald, at the age of 44, threw her pharmacopoeia into the ocean and walked away from therapy. Since then, she has lived mostly free from madness, managing to earn her living as a writing teacher and to produce this cathartic memoir of her sexual and emotional abuse. Closer to her father than her mother, Hebald was devastated at age five when he died of cancer. Years later, in therapy, she remembered that he "made love" to her on his deathbed. Physically abused by her older sister, Hebald found no ally in their babysitter, who locked her in dark closets while Hebald's mother took over the family business. Hebald's only escape, at the age of six, was to go to the movies alone, inviting men in the theater to "play" with her, so she could experience the pleasure she had with her father. Her schooling was a disaster; by her early teens, Hebald was unable to recognize or express her feelings. One of her therapists noted Hebald's difficulty in distinguishing fantasy from reality; her readers may also find some of her story hard to believe. Her wholesale repudiation of psychiatry, though understandable given such experiences, may seem extreme to many readers. Yet Hebald's writing is smooth, her narrative is gripping and her eventual recovery provides an inspirational ending to her harrowing tale. (May 23) Forecast: Hebald's book combines solid prose with an Oprah-esque saga of overcoming adversity. Author publicity will help this book, especially given its inspirational ending.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"In this emotionally moving, brutally honest, and rewarding memoir, Carol Hebald’s writing is filled with vivid imagery and colorful characterizations." -- Confrontation, no.76/77, Fall/Winter 2002, by Lee Mhatre

Carol Hebald's enthralling story of personal success constitutes a troubling insider's story of the mental health industry. --

Hebald's writing is very rich and deep, holding you onto every word. You won't be disappointed with this one. --
Lisa at September 11, 2003

Of all the rants against psychiatric labeling...I've yet to see someone put so starkly the illness of the normies. --
Paul Scott at September 11, 2003

Of memoirs of madness Hebald's inscribes itself on the heart. Beyond brilliant, it's transcendent. --
The Hollins Critic, February, 2004

THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED is a courageous, creative and disturbing memoir of one woman's battles with mental illness. --
Deborah Straw at September 11, 2003 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007RH5QW6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Northeastern University Press; 1st edition (May 4, 2001)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 4, 2001
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1007 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
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A graduate of New York's High School of Performing Arts, Carol Hebald played the following roles on the off Broadway stage: Edelgard in the award-winning Equity Library Theatre production of Christa Winsloe's MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM; Hanako in the American premiere of Yukio Mishima's HANJO (Anta Matinee Series at Theatre De Lys); and Pegeen Mike in the Irish Players' production of PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. On Broadway she played Lucia in THE BEST HOUSE IN NAPLES, and Leah in JANE EYRE.

In 1965 she enrolled as a Freshman at the City College of CUNY, where she studied full time as an English Major. She received her B.A. in 1969: Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with High Honors in English. She was awarded also at CCNY the William Bradley Otis Fellowship for "Distinguished Contributions to American Literature" (1969), The Elias Lieberman Poetry Award (1969), The Ralph Weinberg Poetry Award (1968), and the Theodore Goodman Short Story Award (1968). Subsequently granted a Teaching and Writing Fellowship in Fiction Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1970. She received her M.F.A. in 1971. Having taught Creative Writing at the university level for the next thirteen years, she resigned a tenured associate professorship in English at University of Kansas in 1984 to write full time.

Her novel, A WARSAW CHRONICLE, was published by Regal House Press in 2017. Recipient of the 2017 Miriam Chaikin Writing Award, A WARSAW CHRONCLE also received the 1993-94 HarperCollins nomination for the Editors' Book Award Pushcart Prize. Her book-length poem, DELUSION OF GRANDEUR was published by Turning Point Press in April 2016. In October 2015, Finishing Line Press published her chapbook of poems, COLLOQUY. In 2005 March Street Press published her full-length poetry collection, SPINSTER BY THE SEA. In 2004 March Street Press brought out her poetry chapbook, LITTLE MONOLOGS. In May, 2001 Northeastern University Press published her memoir, THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED. In 1989 Unicorn Press published her THREE BLIND MICE/TWO SHORT NOVELS for which she received the 1987-88 McGraw-Hill Pushcart Prize nomination; for development of the manuscript, a 1978 creative writing grant from the University of Kansas' Research Fund, and a 1976 77 grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. A complete list of reviews of, and excerpts from, her books are on her Website:

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