The Snake Pit Author:Mary Jane Ward DARK JOURNEY — The Snake Pit is the fearless and probing novel of life in a state hospital. It is the story of a young woman's mental breakdown and her tortuous recovery with the help of a devoted husband and a dedicated psychiatrist. It is a story of violent emotions and heartbreaking struggle -- a revealing triumph of the human spirit over cr... more »ushing fear.
The New York Herald Tribune called this great bestseller "...a story so true and devastating that the heart cracks to contemplate it."
Mary Jane Ward was born in Indiana, but has lived most of her life in Evanston, Illinois. She has studied painting and music, has worked for a mail oreder house and taught school. Miss WArd, who now devotes all of her time to writing, is the author of many successful novels. The Snake Pit was originally published by Random House.« less
This book was published in 1946 and was later made into a movie starring Olivia deHaviland. It is fiction, but... it is interesting to note that conditions in state hospitals haven't changed much in 60 years. If you are interested in mental health issues, this should be part of your library. It never names her disease, but it's clear it's schizophrenia and it's an interesting look from a patient's perspective. Makes me wonder about the author. Anyway...highly recommended.