9 May 1996
Show More An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Picador, 220 pp., £15.99, April 1996, 0 330 34650 4Show More
Touched with Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Free Press, 250 pp., £19.95, December 1994, 0 02 916030 8Show More
Welcome to My Country: A Therapist’s Memoir of Medness by Lauren Slater.
Hamish Hamilton, 199 pp., £16, April 1996, 0 241 13638 5Show More
“... she insists that talent, as well as manic depression, is necessary for great art, she nonetheless equates the ‘possession’ poets speak of with manic states. Byron, Blake, Coleridge, the Jameses, Melville, Van Gogh and, of course, Virginia Woolf are all tested, by their works and their known heredities, for bipolar illness and the findings are positive. While Jamison acknowledges that ‘there are ...”