Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl: The True Story of "renee"

Marguerite Sechehaye (Author) Frank Conroy (Foreword by)


This is the astonishing memoir of a young woman called only "Renee," whose descent into schizophrenia began at the age of five. Written with a diamond-sharp precision that lends it an eerie power, it tells the story of Renee's long sojourn in what she calls "The Land of Enlightenment" or "The Country of Tibet" and of her gradual and painstaking return to "wonderful reality."

Renee moves in and out of hospitals, sometimes able to eat only tea and spinach, or apples and spinach, because "'The System forbade anything else." She regresses to a state resembling infancy, and she experiences intense despair, although she always describes her experiences with a pitiless and remarkable calm, as though she has observed herself from a great distance. And all the while she is sustained by the attention and understanding of her analyst, Marguerite Sechehaye, who has contributed an illuminating Afterword to her story.

This harrowing and unforgettable work is a classic in the literature of mental illness.

With a foreword by Frank Conroy.

Product Details

Price: $15.00
Publisher: Plume Books
Published Date: November 01, 1994
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 5.0 X 0.7 X 6.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780452011335
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About the Author

Marguerite Sechehaye (1887-1964) was a Swiss psychotherapist and a pioneer in the psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenics. She is the author of Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl: The True Story of "Renee," which chronicles one of her cases and introduced a new model in how mental illness is studied.

Frank Conroy was born in 1936 and graduated from Haverford College in 1958. He was director of the prestigious Writers' Workshop. Conroy wrote an autobiography Stop-Time, published in 1967, and his collection of stories, Midair, was published in 1985. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harper's Magazine, and Partisan Review.