Sounds from the Bell Jar: Ten Psychotic Authors
Madness and creativity - are the related? Two literary scholars and a psychologist bring a unique blend of professional skills to bear on this question, first reviewing the contemporary scientific evidence and then examining in detail the lives and works of ten authors dating from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century - who, as judged here by the latest diagnostic techn...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by ISHK Book Service
(first published 1990)
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While this is a worthwhile book if anyone has an interest in depression at the psychotic level, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, etc., I wouldn't recommend it to those not leaning in that direction. The book asks an almost unanswerable question about the relationship between literary genius and madness, and quotes much relevant scholarship. The bulk of the book is material about individual writers from the 14th to the 20th centuries weaving information about their antecedents (many of whom were...more