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Touched With Fire:
Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

by Kay Redfield Jamison

ISBN 0029160308 / 9780029160305 / 0-02-916030-8
Publisher The Free Press
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity. Anyone reading this book closely will be forced to conclude that it is. Very Highly Recommended. [via]