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Author Jamison, Kay R, author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Lowell,R JAM    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xix, 532 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary "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 Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell's medical records, as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and was the first biographer to speak to his daughter."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography 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 2: Mania and Depression: Clinical Description, Diagnosis, and Nomenclature -- Appendix 3: Medical History of Robert Lowell (by Thomas Traill, FRCP).
Subject Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 -- Mental health.
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Genius and mental illness.
Creative ability.
Added Title Setting the river on fire
ISBN 9780307700278 (hardback)
0307700275 (hardback)

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