"Extremely well-written. Robby's striving to live and work a normal life despite his illness raises him from being a common man to a more lofty station."
—E. Fuller Torrey, author of Surviving Schizophrenia
"Kytle has done an excellent job of educating the public about the severe form of mental illness that is paranoid schizophrenia. Beautifully written and easy to read, I can recommend this book for a wide range of readers, from young adults to professionals."
Some ten years before his death at age fifty-three, Wilde asked his friend Elizabeth Kytle to write about his affliction. Ranging in time from Wilde's youth in rural North Carolina to his impoverished last days in Columbus, Ohio, Kytle chronicles the slow unraveling and final breakdown of a life. Different views of Wilde, his illness, and his struggle to live and work as a "normal" person come forth in a series of twice-told tales; accounts based on Wilde's own recollections alternate with sometimes vastly differing reports of the same incidents by friends, family members, coworkers, and others who knew and cared about him.
Wilde's story, heightened by his longing to be understood and his acute grasp of his own situation, will challenge readers to new levels of respect and compassion for the mentally ill.
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