The Voices of Robby Wilde

Elizabeth Kytle

Foreword by Robert Coles

Title Details

Pages: 344

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/1995

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1715-1

List Price: $25.95

The Voices of Robby Wilde

Elizabeth Kytle

Foreword by Robert Coles

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An engrossing, often disturbing, look into the inner life of a paranoid schizophrenic, The Voices of Robby Wilde has greatly advanced the popular understanding of mental illness since its first publication in 1987. Robby Wilde heard his first "voice" when he was nine years old-a man's voice clearly saying, "I've got you!" With increasing frequency and intensity, such hostile uttering would vex Wilde for the rest of his life, distorting his behavior and shattering his self-esteem.

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.

Told not just with incisive knowledge but the deepest compassion and understanding.

—Norman Cousins

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.

—Peter A. Martin, psychiatrist

About the Author/Editor

ELIZABETH KYTLE's books include Willie Mae and The Voices of Robby Wilde (both Georgia).