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Boutwell, Nathan. The Invisible Dragon. Master of Arts (English - Creative Writing),
December 2012, 116 pp., references, 11 titles.
This collection of memoir essays chronicles the author's 19 year struggle with chronic
depression. "The Invisible Dragon" explores the onset of the disease and its cure. "The Silent
Typewriter" looks at how it affected the author as a writer. "Roses for Trish" discusses how it
affected his wife. "My Mother's Son" explores the possibility that he inherited depression from
his mother. The final essay, "The Dragon Returns" probes the author's life in 2012 with the
probability that he has a personality disorder.
The preface examines several depression memoirs and explores the strategies used by
William Styron, Elizabeth Wurtzel and Kay Redfield Jamison to prevent sliding into the pitfalls
inherent in a linear structure. Among these are the use of alternative structures, language,
characterization, focus and imagery.
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Boutwell, Nathan. The Invisible Dragon, thesis, December 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc177182/m1/2/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .