Swinehart: Clegg’s ‘Portrait of an Addict’ Stunning

Writing for The Chicago Tribune, Kirk Swinehart, assistant professor of history, reviews the new memoir by renowned literary agent Bill Clegg: Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man. The book recalls Clegg’s tortured childhood, amazing success in publishing, and his crashing demise in a fog of crack and alcohol. Swinehart says “‘Portrait of an Addict’ is altogether different—beautifully rendered in spare and elegant prose, a rumination on the human condition that recalls William Styron’s memoir of depression, ‘Darkness Visible.’