Alcoholism, Syracuse University, fraternities, suicide, teleplays
English Language and Literature
IT IS NOT widely known that Charles Jackson, author of The Lost Weekend (1944), once attended Syracuse University. Although the official records for 1922-23 survive only on microfIlm so faint as to be nearly indecipherable, it may still be discerned that he enrolled for six courses in the newly opened College of Business Administration: Business English, Stenography, Journalism, French, Political Science, and Economics. Jackson dropped out after two semesters, however, and he never did finish college. Why he left Syracuse is unclear; but a story based on Jackson's freshman year became a twice-told tale, providing both the plot ofhis unpublished first novel and also a subplot in The Lost Weekend.
In writings about homosexuality and alcoholism, Charles Jackson, author of The Lost Weekend, seems to have drawn on an experience he had as a freshman at Syracuse University. After discussing Jackson's troubled life, Crowley introduces Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism. Among her papers Crowley found a Charles Jackson teleplay, about an alcoholic woman, that is here published for the first time.
Crowley, John W. "A Charles Jackson Diptych" The Courier 1997: 35-63.