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The Resource Robert Lowell, setting the river on fire : a study of genius, mania, and character, Kay Redfield Jamison

Robert Lowell, setting the river on fire : a study of genius, mania, and character, Kay Redfield Jamison

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Robert Lowell, setting the river on fire : a study of genius, mania, and character
Title
Robert Lowell, setting the river on fire
Title remainder
a study of genius, mania, and character
Statement of responsibility
Kay Redfield Jamison
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind now gives us a groundbreaking life of one of the major American poets of the twentieth century that is at the same time a fascinating study of the relationship between manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, creative genius, and character. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell (1917-1977) put his manic-depressive illness into the public domain. Now Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison brings her expertise to bear on his story, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how Lowell's illness and the treatment he received came to bear on his work. His New England roots, early breakdowns, marriages to three eminent writers, friendships with other poets, vivid presence as a teacher and writer refusing to give up in the face of mental illness--Jamison gives us Lowell's life through a lens that focuses our understanding of the poet's intense discipline, courage, and commitment to his art. Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell's medical records, as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and was the first biographer to speak to his daughter. With this new material and a psychologist's deep insight, Jamison delivers a bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was--both despite and because of mental illness--a passionate, original observer of the human condition
Biography type
individual biography
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Jamison, Kay R
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Lowell, Robert
  • Manic-depressive persons
  • Poets, American
  • Genius and mental illness
  • Creative ability
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Robert Lowell, setting the river on fire : a study of genius, mania, and character, Kay Redfield Jamison
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-510) and index
Contents
I. Introduction: Steel and Fire -- II. Origins: The Puritanical Iron Hand of Constraint -- III. Illness: The Kingdom of the Mad -- IV. Character: How Will the Heart Endure? -- V. Illness and Art: Something Altogether Lived -- Mortality: Come; I Bell Thee Home -- Appendix I: Psychiatric Records of Robert Lowell -- Appendix II: Mania and Depression: Diagnosis and Nomenclature -- Appendix III: Medical History of Robert Lowell (by Thomas Traill, FRCP)
Control code
19318364
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 532 pages
Isbn
9780307700278
Lccn
2016028281
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Robert Lowell, setting the river on fire : a study of genius, mania, and character, Kay Redfield Jamison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-510) and index
Contents
I. Introduction: Steel and Fire -- II. Origins: The Puritanical Iron Hand of Constraint -- III. Illness: The Kingdom of the Mad -- IV. Character: How Will the Heart Endure? -- V. Illness and Art: Something Altogether Lived -- Mortality: Come; I Bell Thee Home -- Appendix I: Psychiatric Records of Robert Lowell -- Appendix II: Mania and Depression: Diagnosis and Nomenclature -- Appendix III: Medical History of Robert Lowell (by Thomas Traill, FRCP)
Control code
19318364
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 532 pages
Isbn
9780307700278
Lccn
2016028281
Other physical details
illustrations

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