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By Matthew J. Raphael

William Griffith Wilson, pointed out by way of "Time" journal as one of many hundred so much influential participants of the 20 th century, is healthier referred to as invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. during this e-book, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing the following less than a pseudonym, in keeping with A.A.'s culture of anonymity), provides a revealing new examine either the mythical invoice W. and the non-public Mr. Wilson, who attempted to dwell except his personal superstar.

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One dismal afternoon he paced a hotel lobby wondering how his bill was to be paid. At one end of the room stood a glass covered directory of local churches. Down the lobby a door opened into an attractive bar. He could see the gay crowd inside.  . He was on thin ice. Again it was the old, insidious insanitythat first drink. With a shiver, he turned away and walked down the lobby to the church directory. Music and gay chatter still floated to him from the bar. : On Saturday, Mother's Day eve, I was pacing up and down the hotel lobby, wondering what I could do.

Sayings do not date. A. A. " Although Akron is Bob Smith's territory and although there is no lack of reverence for him among the throngs who are touring his Page 5 house today, such devotion may border on the perfunctory for some of the pilgrims. At the dorm this morning an Irish rummy from Manhattan, whose mental clock still seemed set to the New York minute, urged me to hustle out to 855 Ardmore before it was overrun by bus tourists. "I got all that over with yesterday," he exulted, as if honoring Dr.

Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner. He was, after all, a member in good standing of the "lost generation" that came of age during Prohibition and revolutionized American literature, in part by their jaunty attitude toward drinking. Thus Alcohol- Page 13 ics Anonymous (1939), including "Bill's Story," belongs in the context of such alcoholic novels as Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises (1926), F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night (1934), John O'Hara's Appointment in Samarra (1934), Charles Jackson's The Lost Weekend (1944), and Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano (1947).

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