The Fall of Valor
by Charles Jackson
Valancourt Books. 223 pages, $19.90
IN 1944, Charles Jackson (1903-1968) published The Lost Weekend, about a writer battling alcoholism. The novel and especially the film version, which won Best Picture for 1945, were so successful that the title entered the language: we’ve all had our lost weekends. Jackson wrote the novel largely from his own lifelong struggle with alcohol and drugs. Two years later, he published a novel called The Fall of Valor (1946), which describes a married man’s love for a Marine.