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Title:
Manic depression and creativity
Author:
Hershman, D. Jablow.
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Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
v, 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1320 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9781573922418
Format :
Book

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Central Library BF423 .H474 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Many recognized geniuses had creative capacities that were driven by bouts of manic intensity followed by the depths of mind-numbing despair. From Plato, who originated the idea of inspired mania, to Beethoven, Dickens, Newton, Van Gogh, and today's popular creative artists and scientists who've battled manic depression, this intriguing work examines creativity and madness in mystery, myth, and history. Demonstrating how manic depression often becomes the essential difference between talent and genius, Hershman and Lieb offer valuable insights into the many obstacles and problems this illness poses for highly creative people. Lieb critiques the wave of new books on depression as well as those on creativity to determine how far we have come in our understanding of this complex illness.

The authors also explode the myth that suffering is essential to creativity. Guides for the manic depressive are suggested to reduce emotional pain and personal problems while increasing productivity.

Julian Lieb, a psychiatrist in private practice and former director of the Dana Psychiatric Clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and D. Jablow Hershman authored Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power.


Author Notes

Julian Lieb, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice and former director of the Dana Psychiatric Clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and artist and novelist D. Jablow Hershmann are the authors of A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power.


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Choice Review

Lieb (a psychiatrist and former director of the Dana Psychiatric Clinic of Yale-New Haven Hospital) and Hershman (an artist and novelist) also authored A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power (1994). In the present volume they focus on several important historical figures to look at the relationship of manic depression to creative genius. The authors devote a chapter each to Newton, Beethoven, Dickens, and Van Gogh, and they mention other famous people in the course of their discussion. Two introductory chapters define the concepts of "genius" and "manic-depression"; two closing chapters deal with diminishing creativity and augmenting genius. This interesting and informative book is recommended for all general, academic, and professional collections. L. Gillikin; College of William and Mary


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1 A Dissection of Geniusp. 7
2 Manic-Depressionp. 19
3 Newtonp. 39
4 Beethovenp. 59
5 Dickensp. 95
6 Van Goghp. 139
7 Diminishing Creativityp. 177
8 Augmenting Geniusp. 197
Epiloguep. 207
Bibliographyp. 217

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