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The Original Manuscript of
is the INDEX and FORWARD to The Original Manuscript.
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Original Manuscript of
is a reproduction of the 1938 Original Manuscript
of Alcoholics Anonymous. This was the version
of The Big Book distributed to friends and colleagues
of AA's founders before the First Edition was printed.
The text of this document, "Original Manuscript,"
was left just as it originally appeared in 1938.
[There were 21
stories in all, 19 of which, are not
included here, and 10 more added later for the 1st
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left in its original form.
of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred
men and women who have recovered from a seemingly
hopeless state of mind and body. To show other
alcoholics PRECISELY HOW THEY CAN RECOVER is the
main purpose of this book. For them, we think
these pages will prove so convincing that no further
authentication will be necessary. We hope this
account of our experiences will help everyone
to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not
yet comprehend that he is a very sick person.
And besides, we are sure that our new way of living
has its advantages for all.
It is important that we remain
anonymous because we are too few, at present,
to handle the overwhelming number of personal
appeals which will result from this publication.
Being mostly business or professional folk we
could not well carry on our occupations in such
an event. We would like it clearly understood
that our alcoholic work is an avocation only,
so that when writing or speaking publicly about
alcoholism, we urge each of our Fellowship to
omit his personal name, designating himself instead
as "A Member of Alcoholics Anonymous."
Very earnestly we ask the press
also, to observe this request, for otherwise we
shall be greatly handicapped.
We are not an organization in
the conventional sense of the word. There are
no fees nor dues whatsoever. The only requirement
for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking.
We are not allied with any particular faith, sect
or denomination, nor do we oppose anyone. We simply
wish to be helpful to those who are afflicted.
We shall be interested to hear
from those who are getting results from this book,
particularly from those who have commenced work
with other alcoholics. We shall try to contact
Inquiry by scientific, medical
and religious societies will be welcomed.